A stupendous history of intelligence, its uses and its neglect - by the world's leading historian of intelligence.
Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University and one of the world's leading intelligence historians. His many books include KGB- The Inside Story (with Oleg Gordievsky) and the bestselling The Defence of the Realm- The Authorized Official History of MI5.
To write a world history of intelligence, from the dawn of recorded
history to the present day, is a daunting task. To make such a work
accurate, comprehensive, digestible and startling, and all in a
single volume, is a stellar achievement. But that is what
Christopher Andrew has done in The Secret World. -- Edward
Lucas * The Times *
Brilliant in its sweep and near-miraculous in the detail and confident judgements provided on two and a half millennia of spying ... The book is a crowning triumph of one of the most adventurous scholars of the security world -- John Lloyd * Financial Times *
Christopher Andrew delivers a stunning secret archaeology of a subject that he himself helped to create -- Richard J. Aldrich * Times Literary Supplement *