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The Resource Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5, Christopher Andrew

Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5, Christopher Andrew

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Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5
Title
Defend the realm
Title remainder
the authorized history of MI5
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Andrew
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Defend the Realm" reveals the precise role of the Security Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism
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While there have been many books on the British Security Service, known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Department 5), this is the officially authorized history, a broad but detailed study of both the service's evolving administration and its undercover operations defending the UK, initially from pre-World War I German espionage and now from extremists around the world. Andrew (history, Univ. of Cambridge; The Sword and the Shield ), a veteran intelligence historian, had access to the service archives and provides new behind-the-scenes information. The costly failures (e.g., the July 2005 subway bombings) are presented along with the successes. What comes through is that dedicated people can produce quality work despite obstructive bureaucracy and misguided politicians. Readers will also note MI5's thriving culture of humor and how well the service performed while understaffed and underfunded, particularly at the beginning of both world wars. An unauthorized book, Thomas Hennessey and Claire Thomas's Spooks: The Unofficial History of MI5 , was published in the UK last summer but was not available for comparison. VERDICT A readable and compelling history; recommended for both readers of thrillers associated with MI5 and those interested in intelligence history. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/09.]—Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL --Daniel K. Blewett (Reviewed February 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 2, p79)
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Andrew, Christopher M
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Great Britain
  • Intelligence service
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a centenary history of MI5
Label
Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5, Christopher Andrew
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Publication
Note
  • Originally published: The defence of the realm. London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2009
  • "This is a Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [989]-1004) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxiii, 1032 p.
Isbn
9780307263636
Lccn
2009025463
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)299707542
Label
Defend the realm : the authorized history of MI5, Christopher Andrew
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: The defence of the realm. London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2009
  • "This is a Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [989]-1004) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxiii, 1032 p.
Isbn
9780307263636
Lccn
2009025463
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)299707542

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