Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire

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Overlook, Nov 14, 2013 - History - 448 pages
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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Ultimately disappointing for me as the author's style made interesting material become tedious. He writes with little sympathy for the circumstances that existed at the time and makes judgements on historical events that seem to stem from modern prejudices. Read full review

EMPIRE OF SECRETS: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire

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A fresh exploration of MI5's role in the prickly process of extricating Britain from its colonial grip.Having worked closely as a research assistant on Christopher Andrew's official history of MI5 ... 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 doctorate in history from Cambridge and has published widely on intelligence history. Empire of Secrets is his first book.

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