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This review is from: MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 (Hardcover)
If the aim of this book was to demonstrate how mundane and boring intelligence work is, it succeeded magnificently. I struggled through all 800 pages but it was really heavy going and told me very little about the work of MI6, concentrating instead on organisation and infighting in Whitehall. Part of the problem is that there seemed to be little archive evidence for the author to draw on - but what little there is has been stretched to breaking point. The sister volume on MI5 was just as long but infinitely more entertaining and instructive.