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Peter Hennessy's latest publishing triumph,
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This review is from: The Secret State: Preparing For The Worst 1945 - 2010 (Paperback)
This book is so much more than a revision of a standard work. The latest released official files have given this, the finest commentator on our State and its governance in defence and intellingence matters, further opportunity for insights, deductions and important conclusions. This is a work of brilliant as well as assiduous scholarship; the work is meticulously footnoted; it is readably and enjoyably written; it is well and convincingly argued, by one who knows his period and subjects comprehensively, and knows the people involved at least as well as they know themselves: this is contemporary history at its best.