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5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST book on MI6 structure, 21 Nov 2004
This review is from: MI6 and the Machinery of Spying: Structure and Process in Britain's Secret Intelligence (Studies in Intelligence) (Paperback)
This is the book I've been looking for for quite a long time. Many books on intelligence and spy agencies are frustrating as they have no diagram showing the structure and organization of the said agency.This book is entirely the opposite,it's whole purpose is to show how the British Intelligence agency known as MI6(or more properly SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, SIS) has evoved over the years since its inception. Around 20 full page diagrams throughout the book from 1918 up to diagrams for 1977,1981,1989 and finally 1995.The diagrams are much more detailed than I've ever seen before(and I've read many books on the subject),showing how MI6 structure has changed due to changing circumstances. There is even a diagram showing the 1944 wartime structure of the then SECTION V which dealt with counterespionage against Germany.
Two final points the author is staunchly pro MI6,criticism is saved for politicians and civil servants not the spooks,so don't expect stuff on the supposed plots against Harold Wilson in the 70's. Not much on Rhodesia at the time of UDI either.
Secondly there's nothing on the intelligence disaster on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
Highly recommended for the evolution of Britain's espionage agency.
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