Recently released - better than half price - The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 (Hardcover) - £13.50 @ amazon RRP £30 - HotUKDeals
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Meant to be a good book for those interested in this stuff... Its huge!

To mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has opened its archives to an independent historian, the first time any of the worlds leading intelligence or security services has taken such a step. The Defence of the Realm, the book which results, is an unprecedented publication. It reveals the precise role of the Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909 to root out the spies of the Kaiser up to its present role in countering Islamic terrorism. It describes the distinctive ethos of MI5, how the organization has been managed, its relationship with the government, where it has triumphed and where it has failed. In all of this, no restriction has been placed on the judgements made by the author. The book also casts new light on many events and periods in British history, showing for example that through well-placed sources MI5 was probably the pre-war department with the best understanding of Hitlers objectives, and had a remarkable willingness to speak truth to power; how it was so astonishingly successful in turning German agents during the Second World War; and that it had much greater roles than has hitherto been realized during the end of the Empire and in responding to the recurrent fears of successive governments (both Conservative and Labour) and or Cold War Communist subversion. It has new information about the Profumo affair and its aftermath, about the Magnificent Five and about a range of formerly unconfirmed Soviet contacts. It reveals that though MI5 had a file on Harold Wilson it did not plot against him, and it describes what really happened during the failed IRA attack in Gibraltar in March 1988. When Rab Butler was appointed Home Secretary with responsibility for the Security Service in 1957 he didnt even know where its headquarters were.
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Ain't going to be great is it lol
GREAT price and a MAMMOTH book - just got it today.

Ain't going to be great is it lol

The reader reviews disagree :thumbsup:
Got mine from the library - cost noffink!

It's a hell of a size and weight, as to the quality of the read - well, everyone's view will differ, I'm about 2/3 through it at the moment, all I can say is that it's 'ok' but glad I didn't splash out money on it - so far anyway.

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Ain't going to be great is it lol

Don't be harsh; only 90% of the text has been blacked out. :whistling:
Well, I got this for my dad for xmas so hope its good! lol
Got mine from the library - cost noffink!

Ditto! Not sure I'll have it read in time to take it back though!:-D

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