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This is really much more a history of late 19th century policing, an era of great change, and of security threats in the 1870s to 1900s, the initial period dominated by Fenians and anarchists, then later by German spies, though most of these were rather pathetic figures and much of the spy fever was imaginary. What struck me was how contemporary some of this felt: bombs on the London underground in 1883 and the debates in Parliament, the press and society about acceptable boundaries between curtailing liberties and guaranteeing security.
dominion over the land of your tribe . Until the urbanisation brought about by industrialisation any stranger was
noted and remarked upon and had no chance of secrecy so any spies existed only at the top of feudal society but with the advent of steam and development of personal travel it was possible for nations to send agents to spy or forment
Political trouble. As usual the powers that be were fighting the previous war and slow to see the danger and counter
measures evolved from the new police force. This book is a study of a man who came from Ireland looking for work
and by chance rather than choice became a policeman,an occupation at which he excelled and in which he went into
the fight against anarchism. The agents,quaintly drawing and snapping forts were not noticed because of their novelty. Now they would be below the radar because of apathy and Google Earth. This book is a good history of life
before James Bond.
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I tried to persever with this but had to knock it on the head and filed it away. Maybe I would have dealt better with it as a paper book rather than as an e version. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by FortyNine and Seven Eighths
Was not sure if this was going to be up my street but am really glad to have found and read it, informative and interesting.Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by Oldsparky
Interesting insight into how history repeats itself. Reading it enables one to evaluate current developments round the world where 'terrorism' rules.Published on 29 April 2013 by grumpus
Factual, well referenced but it would have been a little easier to follow if written chronologically or if some sort of timeline had been included.Published on 21 April 2013 by G D Smith
this book should have been edited more closely,it became boring after a few chapters.Should suit pre James Bond population,did you know that Ian Fleming called James Bond 007 after... Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by tonyjaxx
Very low key start to secret service but nevertheless a very interesting story of the beginnings of a very Edwardian service & it's spy catchersPublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Elvis Presley
I read this whilst watching Ripper Street on the tv and together I was able to visualise the issues and situations that made the introduction of an intelligence service. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by JacLaw
Unless you want to wade through this for some research - forget it. Thought it would be really ineresting but unable to finish.Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Page Turner
Good book. Filled in some details I was unaware of for the (in)famous Sidney Reilly.
Not easy to put down.
One for the history buffs out there
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