Penguin USA are giving MI6 readers the chance to win copies of the new book "The Secret History of MI6"...

Win 'The Secret History of MI6' Books

17th October 2010

MI6 Competition
MI6 have teamed with Penguin USA to bring you an exclusive competition to win copies of the new book "The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 - Book Preview" by Keith Jeffery.

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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There are also unprecedented insights into how SIS helped prevent a Communist revolution in Brazil in 1935, how, during the Second World War, SIS supervised the work of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, the role of SIS in North Africa, the build-up to D-Day, and the Service’s role in tracking the development of German V-weapons.

The book contains vivid accounts of SIS successes in the First World War such as the secret agent organisation, “La Dame Blanche”, responsible for providing invaluable information on enemy troop movements; secret reporting from inside Germany, and the daring exploits of Lieutenant Augustus Agar VC, during the Russian Revolution, who sank several Soviet warships in attacks using fast motor boats.

Among other dramatic stories told for the first time from the archive are the “Venlo Incident” when the Gestapo captured two SIS officers, and the infamous “Zinoviev Letter” and SIS’s involvement in its dissemination. The history also clarifies SIS’s relationship with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) where the requirements of sabotage often conflicted with the needs of a secretive intelligence organisation.

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"The Secret History of MI6" Books To Won!
Penguin USA are kindly giving away hardcover copies of the new book to lucky MI6 readers. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below along with you name, city and country in an email to

What is the name of the tube station closest to the SIS/MI6 headquarters building in London?

Terms & Conditions
The competition closes at midnight GMT on 17th November 2010. MI6 will choose the winners at random from the correct answers received. The winners will be contacted via the email address supplied and their postal address will be requested. If a winner fails to respond within 7 days of prize notification, another winner will be chosen until all prizes are allotted. Competition is open to MI6 readers worldwide.

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