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ROBERT J. STOVE lives in Melbourne, Australia. His articles-mostly on European political and cultural history-have appeared in National Review, The New Criterion, and The American Spectator. His first book was Prince of Music (1990), a study of the sixteenth-century composer Palestrina.
At the heart of The Unsleeping Eye is a provocative narrative about the role of the secret police in the modern totalitarian state. Joseph Fouche, Napoleon’s minister of police, made surveillance and informing into an art form (“Where there are three,” Fouche once said, “I always have one listening”) and coupled this surveillance with propaganda techniques that made it doubly effective.