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MI6 [Paperback]

Stephen Dorril
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17 Jun 2002
An intelligence agency expose so explosive that the British government tried to stop its publication or the first time ever, MI6, Britain's legendary player at the chessboard of international intelligence-gathering, is revealed in fascinating detail. Fifteen years of painstaking and meticulous research on the notoriously elusive organization comes together in a vivid and shocking portrait that differs radically from the sleek and flawless fictionalized portraits of Her Majesty's Secret Service. This no-holds-barred expose of the agency's operations and methods describes in riveting detail its impact on the history and politics of the last half century. Stephen Dorril's daring and prodigious research has unearthed startling information, including: - The recruitment of assets and agents of influence around the world - MI6's relationships with national leaders, including Nelson Mandela- A secret deal between London and Washington to keep British troops out of Vietnam- Details about failed plots to assassinate Nasser, Milosevic, and Gaddifi- Why MI6 was unable to provide advance warning of the Iranian Revolution or Argentina's plan to invade the Falklands- MI6's operations to bring Nazi collaborators and war criminals to Britain after the war"MI6" lifts the veil surrounding the closely guarded espionage efforts that have shaped and continue to affect our world for better...and for worse.

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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (17 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743217780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743217781
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Publishers Weekly" (starred)In-depth research for the serious student and entertainment for the well-informed spy buff.

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Where the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies (pronounced 'Mingiss'), celebrated 'Victory in Europe' (VE) day is not known, but it is more than likely that he was standing at the bar of White's Club in St James's where much of the informal business of intelligence work was still undertaken. Read the first page
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15 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative and excellent for students 24 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I thought this book was not as acurate as could be and showed a very different view of waht the secret service is like. I believe a British civil servasnt would have told it from a differebt angle, however this view of the the secret service was very new, modern and refreshing. This would be an invaluble asset to students of British politics and administrative law.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Factoid Pigout 5 July 2004
By BGTattle - Published on
Stephen Dorril's humungous (800+pages) history of the U.K.'s foreign intelligence service has a limited value. But for seekers of factual accuracy, reading this book takes care. I examined this volume mainly for its treatment of one of MI6's earlier Cold War adventures - Valuable: the effort to dump Albania's Enver Hoxha. Dorril's fairly thorough account is littered with errors and misinterpretations, i.e. naming Xhafer Deva, a World War II collaborator with Nazi Germany, as a member of a Free Albania Committee set up in the U.S. Deva never fit with the MI6-CIA affiliated FAC set up in Rome and New York. Dorril links directly episodes which, in actual time, were months or years apart, i.e. describing relations of the FAC and Assembly of Captive European Nations; the CIA set up the latter after the Truman administration's "containment" doctrine was dumped. Lest one think this is nitpicking, remember that all these factoids added togther as errors or accuracies can influence a book's value. If one episode is ridden with mistakes, why would one trust that the author's other episodes are any more reliable? Dorril ends most of his paragraphs with a footnote that usually includes multiple sources for what he writes in the paragraph. Far too many footnotes for this book to be a fun read. It is best used by a serious student of espionage who also has other sources on his desk.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written and subtle propaganda. 3 Sep 2001
By jb ny - Published on
I read Stephen Dorril's account with some dismay. Far from a balanced treatment of MI6's impact on the Cold War, Dorril drops one suggestion after another pointing at the West as instigator of the Cold War. Amazingly, Dorrill treats the presence of Philby, McClean and other Soviet spies in MI6 as normal, as if a diversity of views should take precendence over the destructive effect Philby had on MI6/CIA activity and morale.
This book portrays the Soviets as "victims" of Western treachery or buffoonery, a thesis that is itself a nice work of propaganda.
Nevertheless, Dorril presents events that are factual, albeit framed to suit his goal of painting MI6 as a prime cause of the Cold War. Dorril frequently omits relevant information about similar or related Soviet activity, and selectively quotes protagonists to place them in the worst possible light. He has little to say about Soviet concentration camp atrocities (which spanned two decades) or Russian political intimidation and murder in Eastern Europe after the Second World War -- facts that inconveniently undermine his thesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 1 July 2000
By Paul Gelman - Published on
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A most wonderful book.You won't have the chance of being bored even for one second.Every page is a blockbuster.Meticulously researched and -I believe-the first of its kind in depth of analysis.It will surely be the reference book on the subject for years to come.John Le Carre, you are having a heavy contestant in your field.
15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great facts... poor conclusions 18 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on
As others have said more eloquently than I. However, it is worth repeating (or at least speaking up about it) the fact that the conclusions reached by the author are the worst kind of historical reconstruction.
The Soviet Union is presented as more of a victim of the west rather than a primary cause of what the author would have you believe they were a victim of.
According to the author, the Cold War was the fault of the west, we were the bad guys. As most who have even barely studied history know, things are seldom that black and white. The author poses his theory without ever mentioning all the offenses and atrocities commited by the Soviet Union which gave the west good reason to be deeply concerned.
If you have read Venona or any other more balanced works, you will see this book for what it is and take the facts for what they are worth and leave the subtle attempt at indoctrination out of the picture.
5.0 out of 5 stars spies in the UK 26 Aug 2013
By BT - Published on
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a fascinating book with so much insider informtation about the MI6 spy agency in London. Much of the inoformation has not, to my knowledge, been published before. A useful book for history buffs.
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