The Defence of the Realm

The Authorized History of MI5

Recommended by Ben Macintyre, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #61 in Intelligence

This book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in 20th-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 counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. less

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Ben Macintyre It’s an authorised, not an official, history, which means that it’s authorised to the extent that Andrew was allowed access to all 400,000 MI5 files. (Source)

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