At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6

West, Nigel

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The first detailed, in-depth look at the heads of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. A New, extended edition Num Pages: 256 pages, 8 page plate section. BIC Classification: 1DBK; BGH; HBJD1; JPSH; JWKF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 167 x 242 x 29. Weight in Grams: 584. . 2016. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In August 1909, a kindly, balding, figure named Mansfield Smith-Cumming was summoned to London by Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence. He was to assume the inaugural position of Chief - more famously known as 'C' - of what has become one of the world's leading intelligence agencies, the British Secret Intelligence Service. Whilst the organisation has developed in the 100 years since its inception, the position of C, currently held by Alex Younger, has in many respects remained unchanged. This remarkable book tells the story of that role, from Smith-Cumming to Younger, and each of the other fourteen Cs in between, all of whom still get reports headed 'CX' i.e. Cumming Exclusively. Each biography is set against the intriguing political backdrop of the period, from the days leading up to the First World War, through the Nazi regime in Germany, the Cold War battle with Soviet Russia, to the present terrorist threats. The result is an absorbing and highly entertaining portrait of the mysterious world of global espionage. 'A revelatory and refreshing work with significant new information about the fascinating history of MI6.West is a skilled and entertaining writer.' Tim Newark, Military History

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Book Description Frontline, 2016. 1-82. Condition: New. The first 'C' of the British Secret Intelligence Service, Mansfield Smith-Cumming, began by recruiting retired military men who lived abroad. By the time Stewart Menzies took up the position in 1939, operations were greatly expanded; he oversaw the code-breaking at Bletchley Park and also presided over infiltration by the Cambridge spies. This book profiles the 15 men who have held the post, up to 2014, outlining the activities of the department during their tenure. Seller Inventory # 505073

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Book Description Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In August 1909, a kindly, balding, figure named Mansfield Smith-Cumming was summoned to London by Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence. He was to assume the inaugural position of Chief - more famously known as C - of what has become one of the world s leading intelligence agencies, the British Secret Intelligence Service. Whilst the organisation has developed in the 100 years since its inception, the position of C, currently held by Alex Younger, has in many respects remained unchanged. This remarkable book tells the story of that role, from Smith-Cumming to Younger, and each of the other fourteen Cs in between, all of whom still get reports headed CX i.e. Cumming Exclusively. Each biography is set against the intriguing political backdrop of the period, from the days leading up to the First World War, through the Nazi regime in Germany, the Cold War battle with Soviet Russia, to the present terrorist threats. The result is an absorbing and highly entertaining portrait of the mysterious world of global espionage. A revelatory and refreshing work with significant new information about the fascinating history of MI6.West is a skilled and entertaining writer. Tim Newark, Military History. Seller Inventory # AAW9781848328945

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Book Description Pen Sword Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In August 1909, a kindly, balding, figure named Mansfield Smith-Cumming was summoned to London by Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence. He was to assume the inaugural position of Chief - more famously known as C - of what has become one of the world s leading intelligence agencies, the British Secret Intelligence Service. Whilst the organisation has developed in the 100 years since its inception, the position of C, currently held by Alex Younger, has in many respects remained unchanged. This remarkable book tells the story of that role, from Smith-Cumming to Younger, and each of the other fourteen Cs in between, all of whom still get reports headed CX i.e. Cumming Exclusively. Each biography is set against the intriguing political backdrop of the period, from the days leading up to the First World War, through the Nazi regime in Germany, the Cold War battle with Soviet Russia, to the present terrorist threats. The result is an absorbing and highly entertaining portrait of the mysterious world of global espionage. A revelatory and refreshing work with significant new information about the fascinating history of MI6.West is a skilled and entertaining writer. Tim Newark, Military History. Seller Inventory # AAW9781848328945

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Book Description Frontline Books, London, United Kingdom, 2016. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition By This Publisher. Previously published by Greenhill Books in 2006. 246 pages, b&w photos, appendices, references and notes, bibliography, index. This is the story of the heads of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. It contains numerous anecdotes and is fully up to date, and is written by acclaimed author and intelligence expert Nigel West. In August 1909, a kindly, balding figure named Mansfield Smith-Cumming was summoned to London by Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence. He was to assume the inaugural position of Chief - or 'C' - of what has become the world's most celebrated intelligence agency, the British Secret Intelligence Service. And, while the organisation has developed in the near one hundred years since its inception, the role of C, currently fulfilled by John Scarlett, is in many respects unchanged from that of Smith-Cumming's. This remarkable book tells the story of that role, from Smith-Cumming to Scarlett, and each of the other twelve C's in between. For the first 85 years of the SIS, known variously as 'the firm', 'the funnies' and, within the Foreign Office, 'the friends', its existence and the identity of its Chief were subject to the strictest secrecy. Its only official recognition was the wartime designation MI6, by which the service continues to be commonly known today. For an agency that was not, until the Intelligence Services Bill of 1994, formally recognised by the government its notoriety is then something of a paradox. It was, perhaps, Britain's worst-kept secret, let slip by a succession of novelists, most notably Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond - a character whom former C Colin McColl dubbed 'our best recruiting sergeant'. But while Bond was a fiction, the flamboyant personalities and clever, or comical, subterfuges were not - for many years the SIS headquarters at 54 Broadway bore a brass plate proudly declaring the premises to belong to the 'Minimax Fire Extinguisher Company'. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is a revealing, detailed and highly entertaining account of the heads of Britain's most secret service. Written by the critically acclaimed author and intelligence expert Nigel West, it is compelling reading. Seller Inventory # 345264

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