Under Every Leaf by William Beaver
How Britain played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa

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William Beaver tells its story well, from documentary sources that have been largely overlooked in the past.
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This is the story of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the British War Office and its unsung role in the formation of the Victorian Empire and imperial policy-making from Asia to Africa. With its focus on the heady days between the Crimean War and the establishment of MI5 and MI6 in the early years of the twentieth century, Under Every Leaf tells how Britain was well served by an extensive and sophisticated secret intelligence service which few even knew existed - then or now. Drawing from an encyclopaedic array of primary and little-known sources, Under Every Leaf is a rollicking good read of brains over brawn, adventure, success and sacrifice, craftiness and commitment in the service of the greatest empire the world has ever known.
 

About William Beaver

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William Beaver has lived overseas since 1992. As an American expat himself and the editor of Overseas Digest, a newsletter and Web site, he is in the ideal position to know what information is truly useful to Americans who are living or working in a foreign country or considering doing so. He currently resides in Kuwait with his wife and two children.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Biteback Publishing. 340 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Bernard Porter on May 18 2012

William Beaver tells its story well, from documentary sources that have been largely overlooked in the past.

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