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Secret Wars

One Hundred Years Of British Intelligence Inside MI5 And MI6

By Gordon Thomas, 1933-

Gordon Thomas has established himself as a leading expert on the intelligence community. He returns here on the one hundredth anniversaries of Britain’s Security and Secret Intelligence Services to provide the definitive history of the famed MI5 and MI6.

These agencies rank as two of the oldest and most powerful in the world, and Thomas’s wide-sweeping history chronicles a century of both triumphs and failures.  He recounts the roles that British intelligence played in the Allied victory in World War II; the postwar treachery of Great Britain’s own agents; the defection of Soviet agents and the intricate process of “handling” them; the often frigid relationship that both agencies have had with the CIA, European spy services, and the Mossad; the cooperation between the British and Americans in the search for Osama bin Laden; and the ways in which MI5 and MI6 have fought biological warfare espionage and space terrorism.

All told, this is the story of two agencies led by men---and women---who are enigmatic, eccentric, and controversial, and who ruthlessly control their spies. Based on prodigious research and interviews with significant players from inside the British intelligence community, this is a rich and even delicious history packed with intrigue and information that only the author could have attained.

 

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Book

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  • 327.1241 Tho, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2009

ISBN

9780312379988


Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Gordon, 1933-
Title: Secret wars : one hundred years of British intelligence inside MI5 and MI6 / Gordon Thomas.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
Subject: Great Britain. MI6 -- History. Great Britain. MI5 -- History. Intelligence service -- Great Britain -- History.
Isbn: 9780312379988 0312379986
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Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Gordon, 1933-
Title: Secret wars : one hundred years of British intelligence inside MI5 and MI6 / Gordon Thomas.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
Description: xvii, 430 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Great Britain. MI6 -- History.
Subjects: Great Britain. MI5 -- History.
Subjects: Intelligence service -- Great Britain -- History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 403-411) and index.
Contents: Directors of intelligence services -- Acronyms and agency names -- Prime sources -- Her Majesty's secret agent -- The flight of the falcon -- The fairy godmother's spies -- The enemy within the gate -- Ciphers and bugs -- The atom spies -- Moles between friends -- The winds of hate -- Partition to perdu -- Out of the shadows -- High expectations -- New targets -- Glasnost in the snow -- The bamboo curtain spies -- A new world: adjust or die -- Tango in the basement -- Route nine eleven -- The day their lives changed -- Back to the future -- For the moment -- A personal note -- Select bibliography -- Index.
LCCN: 2008035778
ISBN: 9780312379988
ISBN: 0312379986
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Call Number: 327.1241 Tho