The most detailed and authoritative history
of the first forty years of the Secret Intelligence Service,
MI6, is published today by the London publishers, Bloomsbury,
and in the USA by Penguin.
This unique publication, written
by Professor Keith Jeffery, of Queen’s University,
Belfast, is based on his unrestricted access to SIS archives
of the period. The result is an 800-page story of the world’s
oldest continuously operating foreign intelligence service
from its birth, in 1909, to the beginning of the Cold War.
Throughout the pages of this history,
the values of courage and dedication held by the men and
women who served in SIS are graphically displayed. The
history also underscores another constant theme, that of
the Service’s accountability to government for its
actions both in peace and war. The plan to write the definitive
history of SIS began five years ago when Sir John Scarlett,
the then Chief of SIS, set the project in motion.
Among the fascinating exploits of SIS, revealed
in this book, are the role the Service performed in the USA,
during both World Wars, in persuading the Americans to support
the British war effort.
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