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The Secret History of MI6

1909-1949

Keith Jeffery - Author

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ISBN 9781101443460 | 832 pages | 21 Sep 2010 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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"Jeffery's book is perhaps the most authentic account one will ever read about how intelligence really works." --The Washington Times

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. 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.



Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations

PART ONE: EARLY DAYS

1 The Beginnings of the Service

PART TWO: THE FIRST WORLD WAR

2 Status, organization and expertise
3 Operations in the West
4 Working further afield

PART THREE: THE INTERWAR YEARS

5 The emergence of SIS
6 From Boche to Bolsheviks
7 Domestic matters
8 Existing on a shoestring
9 Approaching war

PART FOUR: THE IMPACT OF WAR

10 Keeping afloat
11 The European theatre
12 From Budapest to Baghdad
13 West and East

PART FIVE: WINNING THE WAR

14 The tide turns
15 From Switzerland to Normandy
16 Victory in Europe
17 Asia and the end of the war
18 Postwar planning

PART SIX: FROM HOT WAR TO COLD WAR

19 Adjusting to peace
20 Deployment and operations in Europe
21 A worldwide Service

PART SEVEN: CONCLUSION

22 SIS: leadership and performance over the first forty years

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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