British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources

British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources


By (author) Stephen Robert Twigge, By (author) Edward Hampshire, By (author) Graham Macklin

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  • Publisher: The National Archives
  • Format: Paperback | 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 29mm | 388g
  • Publication date: 12 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1905615566
  • ISBN 13: 9781905615568
  • Illustrations note: 15 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 502,755

Product description

While other books have speculated on the history and nature of Britain's intelligence services, this is the first to tell the story through the documents themselves. Only ten years ago access to these original sources would have been impossible; now experts Twigge, Hampshire and Macklin draw on the spies and spymasters' own words from The National Archives' unique intelligence files - including the very latest remarkable releases from MI5. Historical narrative is interwoven with colourful tales from the past that highlight some of the greatest successes and failures along the way, as well as the motives and machinations of those responsible for them. And readers who want to explore the sources for themselves are given all the guidance they need.

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Author information

Stephen Twigge is a Senior Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and formerly Head of Academic Studies at The National Archives. Edward Hampshire is Collecions Advisor at The National Archives, specialising in naval, diplomatic and contemporary records. Graham Macklin is Early Career Fellow for the Leverhulme Trust in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Teeside.

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Domestic Intelligence; 2. International Intelligence; 3. Military Intelligence; 4. Naval Intelligence; 5. Air Intelligence; 6. The Special Operations Executive; 7. Scientific Intelligence; 8. Communications Intelligence; 9. Intelligence in a Changing World.