Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 7, 2009 - Political Science - 704 pages
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From noted intelligence authority and author Chapman Pincher comes an utterly riveting book that reveals in startling detail sixty years of Soviet spying against Great Britain and the United States. Using a huge cache of recently released documents and exclusive interviews, Pincher makes a compelling new case that–as he has long believed–the head of Britain’s own counterintelligence and security agency was himself a double agent, acting to undermine and imperil the U.K. and America. Written with the power of a heart-pounding thriller, Treachery pulls the mask from intelligence leader Roger Hollis. As a result, years of traitorous action and inaction on his watch come tumbling down.

Pincher reveals Hollis’s early years, when he was schooled at Oxford, which “educated” many agents, and worked in 1930s Shanghai, a hotbed of soon-to-be spies and Soviet recruiters. Hired by MI5–at a time when there was virtually no vetting of employees–he was a gray presence who rose in the ranks over twenty-seven years while, Pincher suspects, he was allowing the most notorious Soviet spies of the century to flourish.

Myriad fascinating case histories are portrayed here, including that of Lt. Igor Gouzenko, a Red Army cipher clerk who said cryptically in 1945 that there was a mole in MI5 with access to important files. Pincher also provides exciting new perspectives on the most infamous operatives of our time, including Kim Philby and Klaus Fuchs. Perhaps most explosively, Pincher posits that long after Hollis stepped down, a cover-up was perpetrated at the highest levels, and that Margaret Thatcher was induced to mislead Parliament to prevent the truth from coming out.

An essential volume for a world potentially facing a new cold war as Russia dangerously flexes its military and espionage muscles once again, Treachery warns us to protect our society and institutions from enemy infiltration in the future. This is a revelatory work that puts twentieth-century politics and war into stunning new relief.


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Massive 620 page book! Pincher has compiled a slamming indictment against the head of MI5 Hollis and MI5 itself. The only think to add is that there is so much smoke and mirrors in the spy game that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - FSkornia - LibraryThing

I think my initial reaction to finishing this book is, "Ugh, it's finally done." That isn't to say that it was a bad book, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to most people. The subject matter was ... Read full review

Contents

TWOHEADED COLOSSUS
160
RED LIGHT FROM GREEN
170
A HIGHLEVEL CULPRIT
176
CALAMITOUS CLEARANCE
185
AN ENLIGHTENING LETTER
189
FIRST ATOMIC SPY? 1 93
193
ENORMOZ
198
THE STRANGE BEHAVIOR OF ROGER HOLLIS
204
PAMPHLET OF DECEPTION
405
A RUTHLESS DEFAMATION 4
415
MASTER OF MINIMALISM
424
A WARNING FROM HOOVER 43
430
MASTER OF DISASTER 4 37
439
ANOTHER SPY IN MI6
444
THE PENKOVSKY PROBLEM
450
ANOTHER ENLIGHTENING CASE
460

IN A NEW WORLD
214
A MYSTERY RESOLVED
223
BLIND EYE TO ELLI
233
THE DENIGRATION OF IGOR GOUZENKO 23 7
237
LONG SHOT SHOT DOWN
244
PROTECTIVE PERFIDY
249
BACK IN FULL FLOOD
258
ANOTHER GRU DEFECTOR
265
THE FIRS FIASCO
268
AUSTRALIAN ASSIGNMENT 2 7 7
277
BETRAYING THE SUPERBOMB
283
A BRILLIANT BREAK
288
CONFESSlONSOF A KIND
295
MISLEADING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
302
13 MISLEADING THE PRIME MINISTER
308
ALIENATING THE AMERICANS
314
UNHAMPERED ESCAPE
321
VOLUME OF DECEPTION
328
HOLLIS AT BAY
337
ITALIAN FIASCO
342
ANOTHER VOLUME OF DECEPTION
351
BETRAYAL BEYOND BELIEF 35 9
359
RIGOROUS SCRUTINYFOR SOME
365
ESCAPE AT THE DOUBLE 35 9
369
A MORE CREDIBLE SCENARIO? 3 73
378
A LIST OF NINE 386
386
RELUCTANT RIDDANCE 3 94
394
SUSPICIOUS AFTERMATHS
400
ANOTHER NAVAL SPY
465
THE STRANGE ESCAPE OF AN ARCHTRAITOR 4 71
471
THE YEAR THAT THE ROOF FELL IN
482
PORTENTOUS LIAISON
489
THE FALL OF SUPERMAC
497
IRISH INTERLUDE
504
A SORDID DEAL
509
PLAYING THE ROYAL CARD
513
STILL MORE COVERUPS
521
SUSPECT FINISH
530
KIDGLOVE SHOWDOWN
538
OVERDUE CULL 54 9
551
A CRUCIAL CALL
553
TWO TURNCOATS
564
BRUSH WITH THE POLICE
572
MISSING LINK? 57 9
579
SONIA RESURGENT
589
THE SANDEN SAGA PART 1
595
THE SANDEN SAGA PART 2
600
CENSURE DEFERRED
607
CONCLUSION 608
612
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
613
APPENDIXTHE SCROLL OF ANOMALIES
617
NOTE ON THE SOURCES 62
623
ARCHIVAL SOURCES 613 7
638
9
643
INDEX
673
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About the author (2009)

Chapman Pincher is the most experienced and perhaps the best-known British espionage writer. Born in India in 1914, he was educated at King’s College London and the Royal Military College of Science. His book Their Trade Is Treachery, which first charged Sir Roger Hollis with being a Soviet agent, was a sensation. For decades he has been the most effective critic of the British security system, and over the years he has broken scores of stories that have created headlines.


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