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A historian's book for history professionals
on October 30, 2010
The topic of this book, and the fact that the author had full access to MI6 archives, should have made this book fascinating. Unfortunately, it is a book by a history professor evidently intended for other academics. For example, there are many pages devoted to the budget to the service in the 1920's -- not very interesting stuff. The author also explicitly says that he preferred documents to oral statements, so instead of thrilling first-hand accounts of spies in occupied Europe you get a lot of "he wrote" "he returned" and so on.
Therefore, if you are either a professional historian or very interested in the subject and willing to skim over many pages of the book, this is worth reading. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.