on 10 April 2013
There are very few good books on current and recent intelligence but this is good. It is not without its faults - it is basically a series of articles on various aspects of intelligence, strung together with reference to Ireland (in the 20s). It doesn't always work (mixing together US and UK intelligence isn't always a good idea) and some of it is downright awkward, but some of it is very good, such as talking to terrorists in Northern Ireland in the mid-seventies. It is shame that reference to recent research is limited (again on MI6 and the IRA talks) but there are telling quotes from former intelligence officers. There are a few new gems (on Martin McGuiness and on The Guardian) but this is mostly interesting for the analysis.
This is a valuable contribution to current debates on intelligence and should be read by students of the subject. It shows that some of the best reading comes from informed journalists.