British intelligence: secrets, spies and sources

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National Archives, Aug 30, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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While other books have speculated on the history and nature of the British intelligence services, this is the first to tell the story through the documents themselves. Only ten years ago, access to these original sources would have been impossible. Now experts Stephen Twigge and Graham Macklin draw on the spies' and the spymasters' own words as contained in the National Archives' intelligence holdings. Historical narrative is interwoven with colorful tales from the past that highlight some of the greatest successes-and failure-along the way, as well as the motives and machinations of those responsible for them. And readers who want to discover more through the sources themselves are given all the guidance they need.

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STEPHEN TWIGGE is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College, London. He was formerly a Research Associate in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has written widely in the field of nuclear history and international relations and is the author (with Len Scott) of Planning Armageddon: Britain, the United States and the Command of Western Nuclear Forces, 1945-1964.

Dr Graham Macklin is the manager of the research service at the National Archives. His main academic interests were in British fascism; post-war fascism; and right-wing terrorism.

EDWARD HAMPSHIRE is a Modern Records Specialist at the National Archives, specializing in defense and diplomatic records. He holds a history degree from Magdalen College, Oxford, and is currently completing a PhD on British naval policy at King's College, London.

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