Saturday, December 19, 2009

We could tell you more... but then we'd have to kill you
A great deal has happened since Britain's Security Service, MI5, was established in 1909 as a two-man operation.

It has provided invaluable information during two world wars, tried to fend off Soviet spies during the Cold War (with rather little success as the Cambridge Five led by Kim Philby shows), faced the IRA, tracked Communist connections to British unionists and has watched its role shift drastically from counter-espionage to counter-terrorism as the agency marks its centenary.

Christopher Andrew is a respected espionage chronicler and Cambridge University historian who was given access to MI5 records to write this interesting, engaging and massive look at his nation's clandestine anti-spy agency.


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