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This review is from: The Big Breach: From Top Secret to Maximum Security (Paperback)
This is a well written, revealing account of M16, in the days when the agency was still mired in the self defeating secrecy of the Cold War. Tomlinson portrays an organisation of suffocating bureaucracy, snobbery, laziness, internal bickering and inefficiency; it is more Yes Minister than James Bond. This might not be wholly fair - there must, surely, have been Bond like figures, SAS crossed with Oxbridge Firsts - but Tomlinson does not appear to have met them. Overall, a fascinating book.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2015 09:40:28 GMT
David Rhodes says:
Having just read John Le Carre's autobiography (he served in MI5 and MI6) I would think Tomlinsons' portrayal of snobbery, laziness and inefficiency within the SIS would be more than justified.
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