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Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire reader ç Hardcover read ☆ [Download] ➵ Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire Author Calder Walton – Insolpro.co.uk Against the backdrop of the CWealth 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 empirePacked 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 futu KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Guardian 31 Jan 2013

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Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the looming specter of Soviet dominance in Britain's dwindling colonial possessions the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but virtually unseen role in tipping the scales in favor of America and her allies 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 When I was in graduate school I was lucky enough to be there when F W Winterbotham published 'The Ultra Secret' My director and I had a number discussions about this book he brought in Ronald Lewin to give a symposium on the revelations that were coming thick and fast and what all this meant for World War II history Everything related to the European war would have to be rewrittenWhile not uite up to that scale Walton's book portends that a lot of the history of Britain's loss of empire is going to have to be looked at again The records of Britain's intelligence agencies GCH MI5 and SISMI6 coming available will provide much new material to be chewed over discussed and evaluated Though Walton himself warns in his conclusion that the basic lines of historiography will likely remain unchanged this new material will probably have effects similar to the Ultra revelations The assessment of the abilities of both Allied and German commanders have all changed markedly since the Ultra materials have come availableThis volume takes the story up to the mid 1960s The period since then awaits the release of the intelligence documents And even the period covered in this book has some gaps which Walton notes in his narrative Every chapter and portion of a chapter in this book awaits further development and new documentation a new monograph or somebody's dissertationI remember that Winterbotham had some errors in that first book most famously perhaps on the bombing of Coventry The same may prove the case here And Walton for all his discussion of the causes for the failures of intelligence never once mentions racism an area that must also be examined in future treatments of the sunset of the British EmpireI would have liked to have given 'Empire of Secrets' five stars I think it is an important book that breaks new ground and uncovers a treasure trove of materials for future scholars to dig through But for all its worth I can't describe Walton's book as having a 'riveting' style

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Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of EmpireOf Britain's colonial intelligence system which would play a key role in destabilizing and defeating the Communist threatIn 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 Based largely on only recently at the time of writing declassified intelligence records this book provides an interesting critical account of the role of the British intelligence services during the last decades of empire Fascinating material though the writing proved to be a little dry