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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Author tells us, repeatedly, that this is the first book to use recently revealed archival records to show the role played by British secret services in the end of the British empire, post 1945. Very well documented through patient work with archives, and an important topic. 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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