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Working clandestinely behind the scenes, MI5 operatives helped to prop up newly independent states across the globe against a ceaseless campaign of Communist subversion. Though the CIA are often assumed to be the principal actors in the prolonged struggle against the KGB and other Soviet agencies, the so-called "special relationship" between Britain and the United States became the driving force behind an enormous overhaul of Britain's colonial intelligence system, which would play a key role in destabilizing and defeating the Communist threat. In Empire of Secrets, pioneering intelligence historian Calder Walton reveals how Britain contributed largely silently yet stunningly effectively to the Cold War effort, their victories as invisible to the larger world as their defeats. Mining recently declassified intelligence records, Walton uncovers this missing link in Britain's post-war history. He sheds new light on everything from violent counterinsurgencies fought by British forces in the jungles of Malaya and Kenya, to urban warfare campaigns conducted in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula. Drawing on a wealth of top-secret documents, as well as hitherto overlooked personal papers, this is the first book to utilize records from the Foreign Office's secret archive, which contains some of the darkest and most shameful secrets from the last days of Britain's empire. Packed with incidents straight out of a John le Carre novel, Empire of Secrets is an exhilarating read by an exciting new voice in intelligence history. The stories here have chilling contemporary resonance, dealing with the use and abuse of intelligence by governments -- state-sanctioned terrorism, wartime rendition, and "enhanced" interrogation. Britain's bloody imperial past can provide valuable lessons for our present and future.

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"A major work, and a vivid and important history. Calder Walton shows his ability to change our understanding of the end of Empire by reinserting the missing intelligence dimension--comparable perhaps to the way Bletchley Park and ULTRA have changed the history of WWII." --Christopher Andrew, author of "Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5"

"Calder Walton's pioneering use of MI5's imperial security files has unearthed a museum-full of historical treasures previously unknown to or neglected by both intelligence historians or end-of-empire scholars. Reading his work has taught me heaps." --Peter Hennessy, author of "The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War"

"In Walton's gripping book, which contains more than enough fodder for a dozen new Hollywood spy thrillers, the darkest secrets of British espionage are brought to light. If the history of the twentieth century found in textbooks is the onstage drama, this expose is a startling peek behind the curtain."--"Booklist"

"At the heart of Calder Walton's "Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire," an important and highly original account of postwar British intelligence, is a history of the Anglo-American "special relationship.""Empire of Secrets" is the first book on the twilight of empire to be based on declassified intelligence records and includes detailed case studies of Palestine, Malaya and Africa, with a more general overview of imperial security during the first two decades of the Cold War." --"Wall Street Journal"

"In Walton's gripping book, which contains more than enough fodder for a dozen new Hollywood spy thrillers, the darkest secrets of British espionage are brought to light. If the history of the twentieth century found in textbooks is the onstage drama, this expose is a startling peek behind the curtain."--"Booklist"

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Calder Walton is a leading expert among a new generation of intelligence historians. He earned a Ph.D in History from Cambridge, has published widely on intelligence history, and has reviewed books for the "Times Literary Supplement." He was one of the principal researchers on Christopher Andrew's unprecedented authorized history of MI5. This is his first book.

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