The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5
By Christopher Andrew
To mark the centenary of its starting place, the British protection carrier, MI5, has opened its information to an autonomous historian, the 1st time any of the world's major intelligence or safeguard providers has taken this kind of step. The Defence of the Realm, the booklet which ends up, is an exceptional ebook. It finds the correct function of the provider in twentieth-century British background, from its origin by means of Captain Kell of the British military in October 1909 to root out 'the spies of the Kaiser' as much as its current function in countering Islamic terrorism. It describes the precise ethos of MI5, how the association has been controlled, its dating with the govt, the place it has triumphed and the place it has failed. In all of this, no restrict has been put on the decisions made via the writer. The ebook additionally casts new gentle on many occasions and classes in British heritage, displaying for instance that via well-placed resources MI5 was once most likely the pre-war division with the simplest knowing of Hitler's goals, and had a outstanding willingness to talk fact to strength; the way it used to be so astonishingly winning in turning German brokers in the course of the moment international conflict; and that it had a lot better roles than has hitherto been discovered through the finish of the Empire and in responding to the recurrent fears of successive governments (both Conservative and Labour) and or chilly struggle Communist subversion. It has new information regarding the Profumo affair and its aftermath, concerning the 'Magnificent Five' and a couple of variety of previously unconfirmed Soviet contacts. It unearths that although MI5 had a dossier on Harold Wilson it didn't plot opposed to him, and it describes what rather occurred in the course of the failed IRA assault in Gibraltar in March 1988. while Rab Butler used to be appointed domestic Secretary with accountability for the protection carrier in 1957 he didn't even recognize the place its headquarters have been. The Defence of the Realm now describes this formerly tremendous secretive association extra absolutely than any earlier e-book - and identifies all its major structures at the finish papers.