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More for the MI5 fanatic than the casual Bond fan
on 7 April 2008
A well researched and detailed biography of 'M' MI5's first spymaster (as the title hints). Chronicling the man's life from humble beginnings through the Police force and into public retirement - after which his life becomes very interesting as his secretive role as Head of MI5 begins.
An interesting insight into the world of espionage and the roles personal and political politics can play. Also hints at a darker side to the personality of a man where a ruthless edge is a precursor to attain and perform in such a role.
More for the Spy fanatic than the casual Bond fan, an interesting read but heavy going at times.