The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War

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Penguin, 2003 - History - 286 pages
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As Cold War Britain came under the terrifying shadow of nuclear destruction, secret government plans were underway to ensure the survival of a chosen few . . . Peter Hennessy's sensational book draws on recently declassified intelligence and war-planning documents, and interviews with key officials to reveal a chilling behind-the-scenes picture of the corridors of power when the world teetered on the brink of disaster. Who would have gone underground with the Prime Minister in the event of an attack? Where is this secret bunker? Under what circumstances would we retaliate? Where were the Soviet's UK targets thought to be? Whose finger was - and is - on the button? And what kind of world would have been left when the dust had settled and 'breakdown' had occurred . . .'

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the Intelligence Picture I
the Bomb and the Fear
Vetting Filing and Smashing

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Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London.

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