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    Description"Undercover lays bare the deceit, betrayal and cold-blooded violation practised again and again by undercover police officers - troubling, timely and brilliantly executed". (Henry Porter). The gripping stories of a group of police spies - written by the award-winning investigative journalists who exposed the Mark Kennedy scandal - and the uncovering of forty years of state espionage. This was an undercover operation so secret that some of our most senior police officers had no idea it existed. The job of the clandestine unit was to monitor British 'subversives' - environmental activists, anti-racist groups, animal rights campaigners. Police stole the identities of dead people to create fake passports, driving licences and bank accounts. They then went deep undercover for years, inventing whole new lives so that they could live incognito among the people they were spying on. They used sex, intimate relationships and drugs to build their credibility. They betrayed friends, deceived lovers, even fathered children. And their operations continue today. Undercover reveals the truth about secret police operations - the emotional turmoil, the psychological challenges and the human cost of a lifetime of deception - and asks whether such tactics can ever be justified.


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    Title
    Undercover
    Subtitle
    The True Story of Britain's Secret Police
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Lewis, By (author) Rob Evans
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 394 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571302178
    ISBN 10: 0571302173
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: JKVP1
    BISAC V2.8: SOC030000, BIO000000
    DC23: 363.232
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (black and white, and colour)
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    25 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Lewis, the Guardian's Special Projects Editor, is the journalist behind revelations about police involvement in the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests. He is the winner of the Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and was voted Journalist of the Year and the British Press Awards 2010. Rob Evans, a Guardian reporter since 1999, has won awards for exposing corruption such as BAE's corrupt payments and for his freedom of information work. He is the author of Gassed, a book published in 2000 revealing British chemical warfare experiments on soldiers.
    Review quote
    Undercover lays bare the deceit, betrayal and cold-blooded violation, practised again and again by undercover officers - troubling, timely and brilliantly executed. -- Henry Porter Overexcitable publishers like to bandy around words such as "explosive" and "shocking" when trying to flog their books, even though generally you could substitute them for ones such as "mildly interesting". Not with Undercover, though ... doggedly written and researched by Guardian journalists Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, the revelations in its pages are genuinely explosive ... it's the steady accumulation of detail that's so compelling. The testimony of person after person who was taken in, deceived, gulled, who knew the officers for years - who thought of them as best friends, or lovers, or life partners, or the father of their children, who had no inkling that they were part of an elaborate state-sponsored spy-ring that intruded on the most intimate parts of their lives. -- Carole Cadwalladr Observer Undercover is not just a book; it's a sensation ... it's terrific and important journalism. -- Jenni Russell Sunday Times Were these stories not real, they would read like an airport thriller ... Undercover compels the reader throughout, which is a testament to the investigative and writing skills of Evans and Lewis ... The work of these authors is one of the best arguments in favour of a free press you'll ever read. -- Alan White New Statesman What makes this book so utterly absorbing is not the politics or policing, but the people. -- David Aaronovitch The Times With luck, the grotesqueries revealed in this powerful book will fire some of the old free and radical British spirit again. -- Bernard Porter Guardian