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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Jeffery Narrator: John Curless Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781449866754
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Britain’s Special Intelligence Service, commonly called MI6, is not only the oldest and most storied foreign intelligence unit in the world—it is also the only one to open its archives to an outside researcher. The result, in this authorized history, is an unprecedented and revelatory look at an organization that essentially created, over the course of two world wars, the modern craft of spying.

Examining innovations from invisible ink and industrial-scale cryptography to dramatic setbacks like the Nazi sting operations to bag British operatives, this groundbreaking history is as engrossing as any fictional thriller, and much more revealing.

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  • “Jeffery's book is perhaps the most authentic account one will ever read about how intelligence really works.”

    Washington Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/4/2014

    " Excellent history of MI6 using available historical data. The history only goes to 1949 as data after 1949 has not been declassified yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/12/2013

    " For 99% of the readers of this book, it is more than you want to know about MI6. It needed more aggressive editing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/8/2013

    " A monster book at 768 pages long. The world war two part is fascinating, but I alwys wonder with these books, how much they have left out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 12/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and found it quite interesting; however, as other commenters have said, there were times where the writing was quite dry and it was a bit of a struggle to carry on. That said, for the most part I enjoyed this book and am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Pryor | 5/13/2013

    " Dense, lots of names, but a fascinating insight into the clandestine world of espionage from 1909 through to the end of WW2. This was real, not made up, but sometimes ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaiser | 3/7/2013

    " Boring, boring, boring... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 6/8/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book but I found it so ponderous that I got through only a third of it. Too many names and dates with too little logical structure. Life is too short to read a book that I'm not enjoying so, even though I hate doing so, I quit reading it before I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 10/5/2011

    " Well, I gave up abut 100 pages in. There is a fascinating story here, to be sure. This guy manages to bury the interesting stuff underneath a bunch uninteresting stuff. A pity, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Graham | 6/20/2011

    " Can be a little dry but for those genuinely interested in the history of the agency that begat James Bond. This is your book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/21/2011

    " Drier than sandpaper. The end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 4/4/2011

    " Had to do it he was my professor :-) But it was good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/5/2011

    " Interesting! If you love books about government agencies, spy stuff, or dream of James Bond you'll think this book is at least somewhat interesting. I'm just a huge nerd! "

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About the Author

Keith Jeffery is a professor of British history at Queen’s University in Belfast, and has written or edited more than a dozen books.