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A very comprehensive look at UK security since the war.
on 12 July 2010
Many people will have read this volume in its previous incarnation but as Mr Hennessy has added a significant amount of more up to date information since first publication, this is well worth getting even if you fall in that camp. If you haven't read this before it is obviously even more worth getting as it gives a detailed acount of British security since the second world war, with the new information adding to that of the cold war years. It chronicles many of the successes and failures, some of the humerous anecdotes and horror stories and generally much of the minutiae that goes into securing the security of the realm. For example were you aware that the prime minister of the day has to hand write instructions of when to "push the button" for our nuclear submarines which are held on board each craft. Apparently there is still at least one ship still at sea with instructions from Gordon Brown, that David Cameron will have to update on its arrival back in the UK!
What could have been a dull trawl through the archives is brought to life by the authors pithy style which makes this an enthralling and very interesting read