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Massively important historically and a great read
on 19 June 2014
It is difficult to imagine life between the wars and at the outbreak of the second world war. If you can think of the huge loss of life from the first world war and the massive sacrifices that the population suffered afterwards, then it is just possible to believe that no Englishman would ever betray his country. Rather like we used to perhaps think that no BBC personality would use their position to molest a child, let alone on a grand scale. So it sounds naive that known communists were put in positions of military power, but perhaps it was less so at the time. According to the author they were and they probably did enormous damage by leaking secrets to the Germans and frustrating our own war efforts. I found the book very credible and he leaves open the question of could it still be happening today. Indeed my own father, before he passed away, said that after leaving his employment he suddenly realised that a particular person had probably been deliberately obstructing his own work by failing inspection tests when things were actually ok. At times the book does read like a cross between Biggles and James Bond, but I actually believe that every word, though incredible, is true. As far as the 'style' is concerned well it was perfectly acceptable in a previous era so I feel that critics should bear that in mind before wading in with their own ignorant comments. I would say that this book is one of those life changing books since for me, 'the establishment' will never be the same again. I do now wonder about the wisdom of having people who know very little about medicine being put in charge of running the NHS, for example. I am very glad that the author was able to get it published whilst he is still alive and that he did not succumb to the grief of losing his wife.