Secret Wars

One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6

Gordon Thomas

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Gordon Thomas has established himself as a leading expert on the intelligence community. He returns here on the one hundredth anniversaries of Britain’s Security and Secret Intelligence Services to provide the definitive history of the famed MI5 and MI6.

These agencies rank as two of the oldest and most powerful in the world, and Thomas’s wide-sweeping history chronicles a century of both triumphs and failures.  He recounts the roles that British intelligence played in the Allied victory in World War II; the postwar treachery of Great Britain’s own agents; the defection of Soviet agents and the intricate process of “handling” them; the often frigid relationship that both agencies have had with the CIA, European spy services, and the Mossad; the cooperation between the British and Americans in the search for Osama bin Laden; and the ways in which MI5 and MI6 have fought biological warfare espionage and space terrorism.

All told, this is the story of two agencies led by men---and women---who are enigmatic, eccentric, and controversial, and who ruthlessly control their spies. Based on prodigious research and interviews with significant players from inside the British intelligence community, this is a rich and even delicious history packed with intrigue and information that only the author could have attained.

 

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Chapter One

 

Her Majesty's Secret Agent

 

On a morning in mid-March 2007, a dark blue car with a Scotland Yard Special Branch driver at the wheel made its way through the west suburbs of London toward the city center. The single passenger in the backseat, Sir John McLeod Scarlett, looked intimidating, the embodiment of the British establishment, a banker, perhaps, or the chairman of a large company. His customized suit, tailored by Gieves & Hawkes, a handsewn shirt with double cuffs and his Travellers Club tie enhanced the impression.

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“Espionage buffs will love every page.”

---Booklist

 

“Literally impossible to put down.”

---The New York Times

 

“A riveting yarn.”

---Publishers Weekly

 

“Thomas handles highly dramatic material with clarity and impact.”

---The Washington Post

 

“A fascinating look at a spy organization that has remained off-limits to most journalists. The incredible episodes Thomas writes about seem like they belong in fiction, yet this is a first-rate account.”

---GQ

 

“An anecdote-rich series of tales about the extraordinary derring-do of Israel’s vaunted elite foreign intelligence service.”

---Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

Gordon Thomas

GORDON THOMAS is a bestselling author of forty books published worldwide, including many on the international intelligence community. His awards include the Citizens Commission for Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award for Investigative Journalism, the Mark Twain Society Award for Reporting Excellence, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Investigation. He lives in London.

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Secret Wars
One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6
Gordon Thomas

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429945769
ISBN10: 1429945761
448 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9780312603526
ISBN10: 0312603525
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 448 pages
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