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The Quest for C: Sir Mansfield Cumming and the Founding of the British Secret Service

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A fascinating and unique history of the launch of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service through the unusual life of its founder, Mansfield Cumming. * Sir Mansfield Cumming, the founder of the British Secret Service and the original 'C', has until now been a shadowy figure. For this authorised biography, the Secret Intelligence Service has released to Alan Judd, Cumming's v ...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 4th 1999)
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Dr Michael S Goodman has chosen to discuss The Quest for C: Mansfield Cumming and the Secret Service by Alan Judd on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject - Pioneers of Intelligence Gathering, saying that:

"...Mansfield Cumming was the first head of MI6 and he signed himself off as ‘C’ in green ink. Since then they have all signed off as ‘C’ in green ink. He had a wooden leg and had to hobble around, but whenever a potential recruit came in he would stab himself in the leg with a pape
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Dec 18, 2008 Iain Gardener rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an excellent biography, expecially considering the slim resources available, I would highly recommend this tale of the founder of the SIS (secret intellignece service), and his life.
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