From its inception in 1909 to the present day, Britain's intelligence agency MI6 has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in myth, and our understanding of what it means to be a spy has been largely defined by the fictional worlds of Ian Fleming and John le Carré. In this "wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and highly readable history" (Wall Street Journal)—which features 16 pages of black and white photographs—Gordon Corera provides unprecedented insight into this formidable organization, explaining how the secret service has changed since the end of World War II, as well as illustrating the danger, drama, and moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence.
"The best post-1949 account of British intelligence I have read. This is as good as it gets."—The Spectator (UK)