Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire.

Walton, Calder.

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Walton, summarises previously undisclosed intelligence files related to Britain's retreat from empire. Starting at the conclusion of World War II and covering the independence of Israel, Malaysia, Ghana, Kenya, Cyprus and Yemen, he documents the recurring problems faced by Britain's intelligence agencies through the 1950s and 1960s. Packed with scenes straight out of a Le Carre novel but based on fact.


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InEmpire 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.

Book Details

Author Walton, Calder.
Format HC
Publisher Overlook Press
Imprint Overlook Press
Illustrations black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates
Publish Date 14/11/2013
Catalogue Oct17
Catalogue book number 172