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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Andrew Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism.

The book also describes how MI5 has been managed, what its relationship has been with government, where it has triumphed, and where it has failed. In all of this, no restriction has been placed on the judgments made by the author. Defend the Realm also reveals the identities of previously unknown enemies of the United Kingdom whose activities have been uncovered by the Service, adds significantly to our knowledge of many celebrated events and notorious individuals, and definitively lays to rest a number of persistent myths. Above all, it shows the place of this previously extremely secretive organization within the United Kingdom. Few books could make such an immediate and extraordinary increase to our understanding of British history over the past century.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Morgan | 1/16/2014

    " Incredibly detailed to the point where it becomes difficult to wade through it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/16/2014

    " I wish "Defend the Realm" had been twice as long & even more detailed. I could not get enough & I can't want to read some of Professor Andrew's other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 1/13/2014

    " The research was very well done. I found it transfixing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Kukwa | 1/13/2014

    " A biblical-length examination of the secret service that leaves NO stone unturned. But its extraordinary page count does mean that it isn't an easy or light read. Be warned: this will take considerable stamina. "

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