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'Secret Wars: One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6' by Gordon Thomas
'Secret Wars: One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6' by Gordon Thomas

The experience of empire seems to leave a people with at least a taste, if not a particular talent, for conspiracy. Certainly, that's true of the Russians for whom the one place at which the history of czarism and Bolshevism most clearly conjoins is in a lasting predilection for plots and plotting. It's true as well for the British, who transmuted the gifted amateurism of Kipling's "great game" into the modern world's first recognizable professional intelligence agencies. It's not for nothing that Bill Haydon -- the Kim Philby-like English double agent in John le Carré's classic "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- informs his interrogator...

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