The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

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Penguin, 2010 - Espionage - 1044 pages
In this book, the British Security Service, MI5, has opened its archives to an independent historian. 'The Defence of the Realm' intends to reveal the Service in twentieth-century British history. The book also intends to cast a different light on the events and periods in British history, showing for example that though well-placed sources MI5 was probably the pre-war department with the best understanding of Hitler's objectives, and had, in author's point of view, a remarkable willingness to speak truth to power; how it was so successful in turning German agents during the Second World War.

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Chock full of details. Not an easy read,but ultimately rewarding. Must information is obscure to a non-British reader, but the author manages to provide sufficient, although limited, detail to help ... Read full review

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An exhaustive and intriguing history of MI5 for which the author was given extensive access to the agency's archives. I found it fascinating but was often almost overwhelmed by the extraordinary ... Read full review


The Origins of the Secret Service Bureau
MI5 and its Staff Survival and Revival
The Security Service and its Wartime Staff

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Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and former Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University. He is also chair of the British Intelligence Study Group, Founding Co-Editor of Intelligence and National Security, former Visiting Professor at Harvard, Toronto and the Australian National University, and a regular presenter of BBC Radio and TV documentaries. His fifteen previous books include The Mitrokhin Archive volumes 1 and 2, and a number of path-breaking studies on the use and abuse of secret intelligence in modern history.

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