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The Secret History of MI6
Author: Keith Jeffery

ISBN: 9781594202742
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 832
Published: 21 September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.7 x 4.2
Description:
The authorised history of the world's oldest and most storied foreign intelligence service, drawing extensively on hitherto secret documents.

Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (also commonly known as MI6) was born a century ago amid fears of the rising power of other countries, especially Germany. The next forty years saw MI6 taking an increasingly important-and, until now, largely hidden-role in shaping the history of Europe and the world. This thorough, fascinating, and revelatory account draws on a wealth of archival materials never before seen by any outsider to unveil the inner workings of the world's first spy agency.

MI6's early days were haphazard but it was quickly forged into an effective organisation in the crucible of World War I. During these war years, MI6 also formed ties with the United States-harbingers of a relationship that would become vital to both countries' security as the century progressed. These early years also saw the development of techniques that would become plot devices in a thousand books and films-forgery, invisible ink, disguises, concealing mechanisms, and much more. The interwar years...

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