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on 1 February 2006
Davies has again put in a large amount of work into this book which is a must for MA students in War and Intelligence studies alike, or James Bond wannabes. Unlike Dorrils book which is an inch thick, Davis manages to cram a lot of useful information into significantly less pages. I would recommend this to all those who have interest in this subject area, as one of a slack handful that is a notable academic modern work.
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on 26 August 2011
I must confess from the outset that I was looking for an informative book to take me on an interesting journey through the history, structure and purpose of SIS. The point is that this is an academic book and should be seen as such. If that is what you are after then I am sure that this will be a useful addition to your library. However if, like me, you were after an interesting read then this is as dull as dishwater - pick something else.
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2004
This is the book I've been looking for for quite a long time. Many books on intelligence and spy agencies are frustrating as they have no diagram showing the structure and organization of the said agency.This book is entirely the opposite,it's whole purpose is to show how the British Intelligence agency known as MI6(or more properly SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, SIS) has evoved over the years since its inception. Around 20 full page diagrams throughout the book from 1918 up to diagrams for 1977,1981,1989 and finally 1995.The diagrams are much more detailed than I've ever seen before(and I've read many books on the subject),showing how MI6 structure has changed due to changing circumstances. There is even a diagram showing the 1944 wartime structure of the then SECTION V which dealt with counterespionage against Germany.
Two final points the author is staunchly pro MI6,criticism is saved for politicians and civil servants not the spooks,so don't expect stuff on the supposed plots against Harold Wilson in the 70's. Not much on Rhodesia at the time of UDI either.
Secondly there's nothing on the intelligence disaster on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
Highly recommended for the evolution of Britain's espionage agency.
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on 24 January 2005
An amazing work of scholarship on one of the most secretive organisanations in the world. A must for anyone interested in the world of intelligence - Philip Davies is to be congratulated!
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on 5 February 2010
I bought this for my sister who was for many years in the foreign office and was delighted with the book
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on 24 August 2014
MI6 IS A WORLD UNTO IT OWN.OR SO I LIKES TO THINK.HOWEVER MANY OF THERE AGENTS HAVE DRINK PROBLEMS AND HAVE BIG MOUTHS AT DINNER PARTIES.ONE MUST QUESTION WHO IS WATCHING THESE AGENTS IN FACT WHO IS WATCHING THE AGENTS WHO ARE WATCHING THE AGENTS WHO WATCH.THE WORLD IS CORRUPT WHY WOULD MI6 BE IMMUNE?
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