Former MI6 officer Cavendish reveals the inner workings of the intelligence world and defends the smeared reputation of the former chief of MI6, the late Sir Maurice Oldfield
The government originally tried to ban this book – a defence against the smeared reputation of Cavendish’s great friend the late Sir Maurice Oldfield which also revealed a lot about the activities within the secret service
Cavendish also tells of his own career as an intelligence officer and high-risk journalist – including fascinating details of undercover work in Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East
His perspective on Kim Philby and other high-profile MI6 chiefs (George Young, Stewart Menzies, Sir John Rennie etc).
His view of the changes wrought in the intelligence service during the 60s and 70s
Breathtaking tales of high-risk assignments as a journalist in Paris, Warsaw, Budapest (during the Hungarian uprising of October 1956), Yugoslavia, Beirut and Baghdad
Rupert Allason (aka Nigel West) has written a new foreword
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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
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'
'The cleverest young officer I ever recruited'
MAURICE OLDFIELD, chief of MI6
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006376126