The Art of Betrayal by Gordon Corera
The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service

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This well-written, hard-hitting bookshows that MI6 has never in the past put its own conscience before its duty to protect the public. It mustn't start now.
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From Berlin to the Congo, from Moscow to the back streets of London, these are the stories of the agents on the front lines of British intelligence. And the truth is often more remarkable than fiction.
Gordon Corera provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction. He tells the story of how the secret service has changed since the end of the Second World War and, by focusing on the people and the relationships that lie at the heart of espionage, illustrates the danger, the drama, the intrigue, and the moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence. From the defining period of the early Cold War through modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. And some of the individuals featured here, in turn, helped shape the course of those events. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied, and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from the spymasters to the agents they controlled to their sworn enemies. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.
 

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Gordon Corera is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain's intelligence agencies. His documentary series 'MI6: A century in the Shadows' was broadcast in the summer of 2009. His series 'The Real Spooks' on MI5 was broadcast in December 2007. He was educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities and joined the BBC in 1997.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 488 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Oct 02 2012

More recently MI6's cosy relationship with Colonel Gaddafi and complicity in torture has come to light...this fully revised unofficial history cannot help but end on a sour note.

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Reviewed by Andrew Roberts on Jan 13 2013

This well-written, hard-hitting bookshows that MI6 has never in the past put its own conscience before its duty to protect the public. It mustn't start now.

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