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on September 6, 2016
Thorough review of SIS history, though a bit repetitive at times. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in WWII.
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on September 20, 2015
The final pages being the names of all from A to Z, otherwise a great book, would recommend for research.
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on April 19, 2016
This book/study would be good as a class or group project
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on March 10, 2014
A comprehensive and detailed history of MI6. It could be helpful for intelligence organizations of other countries.
It gives a very good insight of the organization, activities and history of this body. A very informative work for anyone interested in intelligence work
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on August 11, 2011
Re: The history of the Secret Intelligence Service. 1909-1949 by Keith Jeffery. Amazon Purchase
The integrity and splendid scholarship of Professor Jeffery's work shine through. It is almost certainly the best book yet written in its field. A very few comments are in order.
On the cusp of WW2 SIS failed to convince Admiral Sir Tom Phillips and Lt-Gen Arthur Percival, GOC Malaya, of Japan's strategic reach and military capabilities if indeed they knew themselves. Through 1941 Japanese agents worked openly to measure the roads and bridges down the Malayan peninsula and upon seizing Siam stationed six hundred planes within range of Singapore and RN ships operating near it. Battered by Japanese air from 8 to 10 December 1941 Phillips quickly went down with Repulse and Prince of Wales. Keeping his defenses seaward Percival lost Singapore from the land side on 15 February 1942.
SOE knew Mao's crowd from the war very well. SIS did not. After Chiang Kai-shek left for Taiwan in the late forties there was no SIS "plumbing" on the mainland. The only decent political reporting well into the fifties came from "The New China News Letter" edited and distributed anonymously by a man who upon his death turned out to be a Hungarian priest. The West flew blind over China for many years.
SIS/SOE's awkward efforts to choke off Jewish emigration from Southern Italy to Israel were thwarted by the combined efforts of the Catholic Bishops around Bari, the dock workers' unions and James Jesus Angleton. Each had singular reasons for helping the weary and dispossessed to their new homes, but none had distinctively anti British motives. It was more a matter of: "Sinking Jewish ships? What in God's name are you doing?"
From 1950 on the SIS story gets murky, in places distasteful. Will any one see all the relevant documents? No! Still it is a tale that needs telling by an historian as competent as Professor
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on June 30, 2013
I found this to be a good insight into UK espionage and it's practices, and a worthy read for anyone interested in this sort of stuff.
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on October 31, 2010
HAVING HEARD THE AUTHOR ON SEVERAL NPR INTERVIEWS AND HAVING STUDIED VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE SECOND WOLD WAR, I WAS INTRIGUED TO READ THIS. I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED. I AM FINDING IT A FASCINATING, IF SLOW, READ BUT WELL WORTH THE TIME AND ENERGY. IT COVERS THE PERIOD FROM MI5'S INCEPTION AT THE TIME OF WWI THROUGH THE END OF WWII AND KOREA.
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on June 30, 2011
Being a James Bond fan, this gave really good, informative, and fun access into the real world of MI6. Every enjoyable and not too heady.
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on November 3, 2010
I don't read the book yet, but it seems a god bok, thuogh the history treats events untill 1949.
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