MI6 previews the upcoming book "Six - The Real James Bonds" Part 1, the history of Britain's most secret service 1909 to 1939...

Update [8th April 2011]: USA release date and cover artwork confirmed

Book Preview: Six - The Real James Bonds
15th December 2009 / 8th April 2011

SIX - The Real James Bonds (Part 1) The History of Britain's Most Secret Service 1909 to 1939: The Complete History of the Secret Intelligence Service - Michael Smith
From the Kaiser to the Taliban, Britain’s real spooks are revealed in this intriguing biography of the most prestigious of the world’s secret services. SIX is the full story of 100 years of espionage by MI6, the organisation still seen as the model for the world’s spies.

This book tells the truth about the men and women who inspired fictional characters such as James Bond and George Smiley. It begins with the creation of the British Secret Service in 1909 as the First World War loomed, and comes right up to date, detailing the work of MI6 officers in Afghanistan. SIX focuses on the human factor, recounting hitherto untold tales of derring-do and exposing villainous traitors whose identities have until now been closely guarded secrets. Using hundreds of previously unreleased files and interviews with key players, SIX exposes the truth behind the failures and successes of the service including the real story of the Iraq scandal, naming the heroes and villains alike.

Official Blurb
This first part of acclaimed author Mick Smith's epic history of Britain's external intelligence community begins with the creation of the Secret Service Bureau in 1909, which was charged with controlling intelligence within Britain and overseas in particular, establishing through spies the strength of the Imperial German army and navy. This naturally came to the fore during World War One.

Between the wars the service really established itself, restyling itself the Secret Intelligence Service. Under the aegis of the diplomatic service, the SIS expanded its network of European spies in order to counter the threat of Russian Bolshevism. In 1918 an operation to overthrow the Bolshevik government by SIS agents failed badly. With the ascent of the Nazis, the SIS switched its focus to the threat of German aggression, recruiting sources within the German government and admiralty. This first part of SIX takes us up to the eve of the conflict, using hundreds of previously unreleased files and interviews with key players to show how one of the world's most secretive of secret agencies originated and developed into something like the MI6 we know today.

About The Author
is a former intelligence officer and award-winning journalist, as well as one of the world’s leading experts on Britain’s secret services. He is author of the No.1 bestseller Station X.

The second part, published in Spring 2011, will tell the story from the outbreak of World War Two to the present, showing the development of the agency into the model for the world s spies during the Cold War, and detailing the work of MI6 in Afghanistan and Iraq today.

Publisher: BiteBack Publishing
Imprint: Dialogue
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback
RRP: £19.99 / $29.95
ISBN-13: 978-1906447007 (UK) / 978-1906447004 (USA)
Released: 7th July 2010 (UK) / 1st May 2011 (USA)