Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire

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Overlook, Nov 14, 2013 - History - 448 pages
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Against the looming specter of Soviet subversion in Britain's colonial possessions, the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but unseen role in passing power to newly independent national states across the globe.

Mining recently declassified records, Calder Walton reveals the missing link in Britain's post-war history. Drawing on hitherto overlooked personal papers, this is the first book to utilize records from the Foreign Office's secret archive, which contains some of the darkest and most shameful secrets from the last days of Britain's empire.

Packed with scenes straight out of a John le Carre novel, Empire of Secrets, is an exhilarating read by an exciting new voice in intelligence history.

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User Review  - mnickjw - LibraryThing

Ultimately disappointing for me as the author's style made interesting material become tedious. He writes with little sympathy for the circumstances that existed at the time and makes judgements on historical events that seem to stem from modern prejudices. Read full review

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User Review  - BlinkingSam - LibraryThing

Perfidious Albion! Calder Walton is a professional historian now working as a barrister. This excellent book - complete with footnotes; bibliography and comprehensive index - looks at the history of ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Calder Walton is a leading expert among a new generation of intelligence historians. He earned a Ph.D in History from Cambridge, has published widely on intelligence history, and has reviewed books for the Times Literary Supplement. He was one of the principal researchers on Christopher Andrew's unprecedented authorized history of MI5. This is his first book.

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