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Inside British Intelligence: 100 Years of MI5 and MI6

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
This up-to-the-minute look behind the closed doors of MI5 and MI6 lifts the lid on a century of both triumphs and failures. Gordon Thomas reveals secret operations at the cutting edge of danger, and a gallery of characters no novelist would dare to invent.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by JR Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2009)
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Adrien
Dec 05, 2015 Adrien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many spelling mistakes in my version, strange chapters ordering, but very nice stories for those who are interested in this topic.
Will Cross
Jun 10, 2016 Will Cross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Any merit one might attribute to this book is greatly diminished by its ancient ( and doubtful ) reference to Evan Morgan, Lord Tredegar as “ one of the country’s leading falconers”.

The original source of this is Nigel West in his book of 1981 on MI5’s history based on interviews with ex- Security Services staff – not files in Whitehall or in National Archives. Tredegar’s name was often flushed around ( mainly by himself ) as being a war veteran and a hero of many exploits of fame and courage. N
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Ярослава
Nov 16, 2015 Ярослава rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Після "Спектру" захотілося читнути щось про британську розвідку. Так от, конкретно на цю книжку можна не гаяти часу.
По-перше, "Сто років Мі5 і Мі6" начебто імпліцитно передбачає якийсь послідовний наратив чи бодай історичний огляд, так? Насправді його немає, є розрізнена колекція анекдоток, які скачуть, як блохи, туди-сюди між десятиліттями, не витворюючи ані хронологічно цілісної оповіді, ані якогось ідейного аргументу.
По-друге, ми, звісно, всі розуміємо, який типаж може зацікавитися шпигунами
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Sandra Ross
Jun 02, 2016 Sandra Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. While the focus is on MI5 (Britian's domestic equivalent of the FBI) and MI6 (Britain's international equivalent of the CIA), Thomas shows, along the way, how all the global intelligence agencies are intertwined and opens a vivid window of insight into how they work together, apart, and often against each other.

Thomas brings the global intelligence community - and their bumbling and astounding ignorance, at times - under the microscope and into the hot, glaring white light of scr
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Howard Olsen
Some have declared this to be a "history" of Britain's spy agencies, which is a bit much for such a poorly organized book. Not only does Thomas fail to follow a chronological narrative (some history!), he doesn't even stick with MI5 & MI6! There are long sequences about the CIA, as well as chapters on Mossad and South Africa's germ warfare program. And, despite his claims to access to newly discovered information, most of this book covers ground from the Cold War and War on Terror that you c ...more
Loretta
Sep 30, 2013 Loretta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Meh. I could give it 2.5 stars, because there were some interesting stories and facts I didn't know, but overall I was not impressed. It's a collection of anecdotes, told in a rather incoherently disorganized way (the first chapters jumped back and forth in a way that made no sense), and with no critical analysis or unifying thesis. A bunch of stories about a bunch of people in the spy business; some of the stories were interesting, scary, and with a bit more critical thought could tell you some ...more
Olethros
-Repaso ligero de momentos del servicio secreto británico.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Como muy bien indica su subtítulo, “Cien años de espionaje británico”, el libro trata de explicar el origen de los modernos servicios secretos británicos, el perfil de sus empleados, su metodología y, en especial, varias de sus acciones, con diferente grado de éxito.

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Andy
Oct 26, 2014 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing book with a number of interesting insights. Unfortunately, it is marred by a rambling narrative which often strays too far from the main theme. A good, astringent editor would have made all the difference, as would a clearer approach to the differences between SIS (MI6) and its domestic counterpart, MI5. All in all, lots of oyster, not much pearl.
Kris Tyson
Jun 30, 2009 Kris Tyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow'zers. Read, read, and read again. A page flipper in non-fiction --> the facts behind MI5, MI6, the CIA, Mossad, etc operations (world intelligence agencies). Gordon describes the very disturbing details of past and Present coverups & assassinations. There is so much detail in this book it took me three months to read. I was immersed and I highly recommend it.
Regarding the current world state of intelligence affairs (i.e. how good is the CIA now compared to China's intelligence agency
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Chris
May 22, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-world
More than MI 5/6 this book is about world events/history for the past 100 years-behind the scenes-connect the dots. Lots of fascinating stuff here. Should have used some photos of the players-none provided. Some stuff that leaped out at me: his admiration of Richard Clarke, Clinton Bush National Counterterrorism Coordinator,who had a falling out with the Whitehouse; the many suspicious deaths of the world's leading microbiologists to include UK's Dr David Kelly; defection of Iran's leading spy t ...more
Olethros
Repaso ligero de momentos del servicio secreto británico.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Como muy bien indica su subtítulo, “Cien años de espionaje británico”, el libro trata de explicar el origen de los modernos servicios secretos británicos, el perfil de sus empleados, su metodología y, en especial, varias de sus acciones, con diferente grado de éxito.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...
Olethros
Repaso ligero de momentos del servicio secreto británico.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Como muy bien indica su subtítulo, “Cien años de espionaje británico”, el libro trata de explicar el origen de los modernos servicios secretos británicos, el perfil de sus empleados, su metodología y, en especial, varias de sus acciones, con diferente grado de éxito.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...
Hannah Caitlin
Jan 25, 2010 Hannah Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tough read in that it does not spare one knowledge about past and present security threats in the world. That said, it's fascinating to learn about British Intelligence Services, along with other countries security services, including the United States. (If you're a citizen of this country, you can not claim that you've never been listened to, after reading this book. Find out why)!
Oliver Brown
May 23, 2012 Oliver Brown rated it did not like it
This book is a crock of shit, don't bother with it. The author is an obvious Walter Mitty type, who hasn't done even the most basic research. You'll get more insight into the intelligence services by sitting on Vauxhall Bridge for 10 minutes than you ever will from this book!
April (The Steadfast Reader)
This book was an excellent overview of the Secret Services in Britain, the U.S. and to a lesser extent Israel. Clear and concise, the author was unbiased as a human being can be, the report factual instead of emotionally or politically charged. Definitely worth the read.
Olivier
Gran libro, aquí encontrarán los secretos y las verdaderas técnicas de espionaje del MI5 y MI6; ¡Los verdaderos M y Q!, así como las mujeres que inspiraron el personaje de Judi Dench. Excelente para los seguidores de Bond.
Jon-Erik
This book is interesting, but I'm not interested in all of its polemics about Labour being in bed with communists and the hagiography of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. I wanted a book about espionage.
K.M. Weiland
Scattered, misleading, confusing, and boring. Focused almost entirely on the post-WW2 years and included an inordinate amount of CIA stories.
J.
Nov 23, 2013 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un repaso general y aéreo sobre la inteligencia británica, mas algunos chismecillos.
David
May 07, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The real world can be stranger than fiction.
Monte
Jun 20, 2009 Monte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very depressing
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Gordon Thomas (born 1933) is a Welsh author who has written more than fifty books.
Thomas was born in Wales, in a cemetery keeper's cottage where his grandmother lived. He had his first story published at nine years old in a Boy's Own Paper competition. With his father in the RAF, he traveled widely and was educated at the Cairo High School, the Maritz Brothers (in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and
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