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GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intelligence Agency Paperback – 1 Jul 2011
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‘Thoroughly engaging’ Daily Telegraph
‘Skilfully weaves together the personal, political, military and technological dimensions of electronic espionage’ Economist
‘Aldrich packs in vast amounts of information, while managing to remain very readable. He paints the broad picture, but also introduces fascinating detail.’ Literary Review
‘Richard J. Aldrich is an outstanding analyst and historian of intelligence and he tells this story well…an important book, which will make readers think uncomfortably not only about the state’s power to monitor our lives, but also the appalling vulnerability of every society in thrall to communications technology as we are.’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times
‘This is a sober and valuable work of scholarship, which is as reliable as anything ever is in the twilight world of intelligence-gathering. Yet there is nothing dry about it. Aldrich knows how to write for a wider audience, while avoiding the speculations, inventions, sensationalism and sheer silliness of so much modern work on the subject’ Spectator
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A gripping exploration of the last great unknown realm of the British secret service: Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ).
GCHQ is the successor to Bletchley Park and is the largest and most secretive intelligence organisation in the country. Since the end of the Cold War, it has played a pivotal role in shaping Britain's secret state. Still, we know almost nothing about it.
In this ground-breaking new book, Richard Aldrich traces GCHQ's evolution from a wartime code-breaking operation based in the Bedfordshire countryside to one of the world’s leading espionage organisations.
Packed to the brim with dramatic spy stories – including secret submarine missions, hidden tunnels dug to tap phones and Soviet moles – GCHQ also explores the organisation’s role in tackling some of the most troubling issues of our time: Al Qaeda, privacy and surveillance. Revelatory and brilliantly written, this is the crucial missing link in Britain’s intelligence history.
‘Richard J. Aldrich is an outstanding analyst and historian of intelligence … an important book’ Sunday TimesSee all Product description
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While the book claims to be an uncensored history of GCHQ, it is important to keep in mind that the sources and historical opinions are largely UK centric. In this respect the book does not provide a wider critical analysis of GCHQ or the role of state surveillance.
I particularly enjoyed the last 100 pages, which chart GCHQ's transition from spying on foreign governments to spying on the civilian population, this highlights a general trend of the Security Services transitioning from the enemy abroad, to the enemy within. With the end of the cold war and a continual decrease in what are deemed rouge or unfriendly states, Western Secret Services have in the past twenty years transitioned from seeing their enemies as foreign states to inventing new enemies in their own populations.
Technology has now made it possible for our governments to record our every move in the digital domain, which provides them with an unprecedented picture of us as individuals. To unleash what are essentially arms of the military on your own civilian population is an extremely worrying development. The Armed Forces have a certain mode of thinking, which in many respects is completely alien to its civilian counterpart and is very likely to lead to complete disaster.
The book is nicely structured and follows a logical path through time. With that you also get the subtle advances in technology that naturally evolved over time. You really feel like you are on a journey.
I bought this on Kindle and when I saw a physical copy in a shop I couldnt believe how big it was. Not that you notice when you read it but be warned, it is not a quick read.
For the best part of 30 years, I look forward to finding out exactly what I did there.
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I purchased this book as someone left a comment that its written in such a way that it makes it very easy to follow and understand, that's true and probably why I enjoyed so much.
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