Inside Intelligence

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9780002157421: Inside Intelligence

A look into the world of intelligence, high-risk journalism and commerce. Maurice Oldfield, Chief of MI6, died the victim of a propaganda campaign. He knew that his appointment as Security Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland was resented by MI5. This book recounts his story.

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‘By the time the reader has shared the author’s ring-side seat at the spectacle of world events… it seems as though James Bond was a rather dull weakling by comparison’
Jonathan Aitken, MP

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Blackmail, theft, deception, lies, mutilation and murder – when necessary – are the tools of the trade for an MI6 officer. Anthony Cavendish was born with an independent spirit and a backbone of steel. His career in the Secret Service at its peak – during the Cold War – and later as a high-risk journalist took him to Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and involved him in the most incredible feats of daring on behalf of this country.

Now that the Secret Service of the Cold War era is fading in memory, Cavendish's memoir about its men and the manoeuvres they – and he – undertook during the 1950s makes fascinating reading. His perspective on the changes wrought in Intelligence in the 60s and 70s, and his personal view of the more high-profile members of that time – Philby, Oldfield, Young, Menzies and Rennie among them – add up to a unique record of MI6's most fascinating and important years.

'A sharp mind and a formidable memory when it comes to the spy business'
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'The cleverest young officer I ever recruited'
MAURICE OLDFIELD, chief of MI6

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