The Secret History Of Mi6: 1909-1949 by Keith JefferyThe Secret History Of Mi6: 1909-1949 by Keith Jeffery

The Secret History Of Mi6: 1909-1949

byKeith Jeffery

Paperback | September 27, 2011

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The authorized history of the world's oldest and most storied foreign intelligence service, drawing extensively on hitherto secret documents

Britain's Special Intelligence Service, commonly called MI6, is not only the oldest and most storied foreign intelligence unit in the world - it is also the only one to open its archives to an outside researcher. The result, in this authorized history, is an unprecedented and revelatory look at an organization that essentially created, over the course of two world wars, the modern craft of spying. Here are the true stories that inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond's novels and John le Carré George Smiley novels. Examining innovations from invisible ink and industrial-scale cryptography to dramatic setbacks like the Nazi sting operations to bag British operatives, this groundbreaking history is as engrossing as any thriller - and much more revealing.

"Perhaps the most authentic account one will ever read about how intelligence really works." -The Washington Times

Keith Jeffery is a professor of British history at Queen's University, Belfast, and has written or edited thirteen books.
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Title:The Secret History Of Mi6: 1909-1949Format:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 8.4 × 5.42 × 1.75 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143119990

ISBN - 13:9780143119999

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Snore Fest Very Long, very boring. No exciting stories, just minutiae of MI6 every day life. Fell asleep multiple times. Should be kept in the reference section at a library. The cover was most interesting part of the book.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dry but detailed and exhaustively researched If you're looking for exciting tales of intrigue and espionage this won't be the book for you. It's a true history of MI6 and very dry reading. The detail and thoroughness of the research is meticulous. I'd give it 5 stars but it was too dry and so much detail was in there it overpowers your ability to process so much information without reading it over 5-6 times. This would be a good book to read over a year or two if you're committed to reading it each day 15-20 pages.
Date published: 2017-02-09

Editorial Reviews

"Perhaps the most authentic account one will ever read about how intelligence really works." -The Washington Times

"A very fine book...full of episode and personality." -The Telegraph

"An important cautionary tale that has implications worldwide." -Seattle Times