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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.
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on 25 March 2013
Authoritive, fascinating and delightfully told. So great to have a book that breaks new ground and is so compelling and gripping to read. Good on overview and detail. Feel much better informed for reading it and enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
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