The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

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Penguin, 2010 - Espionage - 1044 pages
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To mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has opened its archives to an independent historian. The Defence of the Realm, the book which results, is an unprecedented publication, It reveals the precise role of the Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909 to root out 'the spies of the Kaiser' up to its present role in countering Islamic terrorism.

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User Review  - Doey - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

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

Contents

The Origins of the Secret Service Bureau
3
MI5 and its Staff Survival and Revival
113
The Security Service and its Wartime Staff
217
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Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University and one of the world's leading intelligence historians. His many books include KGB- The Inside Story (with Oleg Gordievsky) and the bestselling The Defence of the Realm- The Authorized Official History of MI5.

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