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New Cloak, Old Dagger: How Britain's Spies Came in from the Cold Hardcover – 7 Nov 1996


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; First Edition edition (7 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575061502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575061507
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Smith is the number-one bestselling author of Station X. He served in the British Army's Intelligence Corps and was an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He is now a full-time novelist and intelligence historian.

Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X; SIX: The Real James Bonds and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. He is the editor of The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader, a compilation of writing on spies by spies, which includes the work of John le Carre, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and Kim Philby.

Smith's latest book is called The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories and recounts the lives of the women who worked at Britain's Second World War codebreaking centre. He is currently writing a detective novel set in Nazi Germany. He lives near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

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By smoss on 4 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Was expecting something a little more in depth and so was a little disappointed. HOWEVER if you are looking for a one stop shop on how the UK intelligence services have been developed and how they are governed, not a bad call. For more detail I can also recommend the following two books which I found much more insigntful

MI5 - Christophe Andrew - The Defene of the Realm
SIS - Philip Davies - MI6 and the Machinery of Spying
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Excellent history of Britain's Intelligence Organizations 28 Jan. 1999
By Gregory A. Weisler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I have not finished reading this book yet, I am already impressed with the amount of detail regarding the early organization and personalities of British intelligence agencies. No other work I have read (admittedly, this has been few) contains the detailed geneology of how MI5 and MI6 developed from their pre-WWI beginnings to their present day structures and missions.
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