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Ralph Pickard has taken a step in the direction of preserving a piece of the East German heraldic record with his new reference work.

Hayden Peake, CIA Center in Intelligence

The author has provided a valuable first step towards understanding the awards and the people who received them.

John Adams-Graf, Military Trader Editor

If you like your table fare set with intangibles associated to the Cold War Spy arena, then this book will satisfy even the hungriest avid connoisseurs.

Michael Gallagher, DDR militaria collector

This book is in a class all by itself in more ways than one. There is nothing like the book on either side of the Atlantic.

Bob Gowen, Gowen Militaria

Mr. Pickard demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the memorabilia, and the book is well-designed and has excellent production value.

David Nickles, Ph.D.

Die Präzision dieser Darstellung reicht bis zu millimetergenauen Größenangaben für Texteile und einzelne Schlüsselworte in den Dokumenten: Exakter geht's nicht mehr!

International Militaria-Magazine (IMM)

Volume I includes

This is the first volume to provide a comprehensive survey and evaluation of STASI decorations. The author draws on this to construct an invaluable work of reference for all those engaged in collecting STASI material.

Hardcover book with dust jacket

This book is a 247 page hardcover book that provides identifying subtle changes in particular documents and awards, and providing time-charts and crucial measuring data to help spot non-authentic reproductions, with some known to exist.

Forward by Ambassador Hugh Montgomery

The fact remains that the material presented in this impressive volume represents the many years of collection, evaluation, collation and painstaking analysis by the author.