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FREE EBOOK ☆ EPUB Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire ë 9781468307153 ï CALDER WALTON Ú Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the looming specter of Soviet dominance in Britain's dwindWealth of top secret documents as well as hitherto overlooked personal papers this is the first book to utilize records from the Foreign Office's secret archive which contains some of the darkest and most shameful secrets from the last days of Britain's empirePacked with incidents straight out of a John le Carre novel Empire of Secrets is an exhilarating read by an exciting new voice in intelligence history The stories here have chilling contemporary resonance dealing with the use and abuse of intelligence by governments state sanctioned terrorism wartime rendition and enhanced interrogation Britain's bloody imperial past can provide valuable lessons for our present and futu KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Guardian 31 Jan 2013

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Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the looming specter of Soviet dominance in Britain's dwindling colonial possessions the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but virtually unseen role in tipping the scales in favor of America and her allies Working clandestinely behind the scenes MI5 operatives helped to prop up newly independent states across the globe against a ceaseless campaign of Communist subversion Though the CIA are often assumed to be the principal actors in the prolonged struggle against the KGB and other Soviet agencies the so called special relationship between Britain and the United States became the driving force behind an enormous overhaul A very interesting look at the role of Britain's secret services in the withdrawal from Empire Covering all the major regions of the empire over the course of the Cold War as Great Britain was forced through a combination of factors to decrease their presence in territories across the globe Walton explores the parallels between each case He highlights the ways in which the Service continually failed to learn from previous mistakes and was forced to learn the same lessons again and again across the EmpireHe is also not afraid to highlight the atrocities committed by the exiting British forces and the subseuent attempts to brush these under the carpet In addition he notes that there is still a large volume of files to be released and investigated which may well lead to further revelations of the same natureAlthough the pattern of each withdrawal does begin to follow a similar pattern this is very interesting as an overview of both the operation of the Secret Service in overseas territories and of the behaviour of the British in their withdrawal from same

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Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of EmpireOf Britain's colonial intelligence system which would play a key role in destabilizing and defeating the Communist threatIn Empire of Secrets pioneering intelligence historian Calder Walton reveals how Britain contributed largely silently yet stunningly effectively to the Cold War effort their victories as invisible to the larger world as their defeats Mining recently declassified intelligence records Walton uncovers this missing link in Britain's post war history He sheds new light on everything from violent counterinsurgencies fought by British forces in the jungles of Malaya and Kenya to urban warfare campaigns conducted in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula Drawing on a Empire of Secrets plows through virgin territory summarizing previously undisclosed intelligence files related to Britain's retreat from empire Starting at the conclusion of World War II and covering the independence of Israel Malaysia Ghana Kenya Cyprus and Yemen Calder Walton documents the recurring problems faced by Britain's intelligence agencies through the 1950s and 1960s First Britain routinely under resourced intelligence efforts in its colonies and thus failed to provide decision makers whether in London or the colonial administration with the current state of affairs Secondly Walton illustrates Britain's inability to apply the lessons of one colonial emergency to the next; each colonial administration seemingly discovered through trial and error the same techniues for responding to nationalist crises A worthwhile read for those interested in colonial history or those interested in intelligence policy