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|Title:||Spy Catcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer|
|New / Used:||Used|
|Book Type:||Small hardcover|
|Size (mm):||160 w x 235 h x 30 d|
Excellent original condition, light handling wear on dust jacket, gift inscription, otherwise pages as new. Images depict all need to know detail.
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1st Edition. The former assistant director of MI5 offers an account of British Intelligence, including his work on the Ring of Five and exposing Soviet espionage and the conspiracy to oust Harold Wilson from the office of Prime Minister in the 1970s.
Includes B&W photos.
"FIVE STARS!!!!!: The ultimate insider's view of Britain's MI5 - Reading "Spycatcher" I was continually struck by this thought: how was it possible for Peter Wright to publish a book which exposes so much of the internal operations of Britain's MI5 domestic intelligence/security service? He names names, describes personalities in often unflattering terms, and details what were surely the most sensitive of investigations undertaken by MI5. What may be MI5's loss is the public's gain, as we get a rare glimpse at the very heart of a (by definition) highly secretive agency, charged with ensuring the security and continuance of one of the Western world's greatest democracies. Wright is undoubtedly a brilliant man, as are his colleagues (Wright describes how one of them does crossword puzzles completely in his head). Although the book opens with his retirement day, in which he shreds his diaries, he is somehow able to reconstruct the minutest details of operations that span his 20-year career with MI5, from the mid-50s to mid-70s, as well as critical pre-World War II events that he investigated for MI5. Wright is a radio engineer by training and original profession, and he joined MI5 as their first scientist in order to bring the benefits of technology to the agency."