"Verdery spent more than three years in Romania in the 1970s and 1980s conducting ethnographical research in the province of Transylvania, and her presence and activity generated almost three thousand pages of informer reports, surveillance logs, and transcriptions of telephone conversations. In 2006, Verdery requested a copy of her file, and her dissection and exegesis of it forms the inspiration for, and the basis of, this stimulating and riveting collection of essays. These essays, in effect, provide us with a veritable ethnography of the Securitate.
Secrets and Truths, in its bold test of assumptions, is an exceptional contribution to our reading and understanding of the role of the file in the work of a communist secret police. As such, it not only offers an invaluable personal reflection by the subject of such a file but also enriches the interdisciplinary scholarship on the politics of knowledge."