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Defend the Realm - The Authorized History of Mi5

Christopher Andrew

An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism. The book describes how MI5 has been managed, what its relationship has been with government, where it has triumphed, and where it has failed. In all of this no restriction has been placed on the judgments made by the author. Defend the Realm also adds significantly to our knowledge of many celebrated events and notorious individuals and definitively lays to rest a number of persistent myths. Above all, it shows the place of this previously extremely secretive organization within the United Kingdom. Few books could make such an immediate and extraordinary increase to our understanding of British history over the past century. From the Hardcover edition.

An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism. The book describes how MI5 has been managed, what its relationship has been with government, where it has triumphed, and where it has failed. In all of this no restriction has been placed on the judgments made by the author. Defend the Realm also adds significantly to our knowledge of many celebrated events and notorious individuals and definitively lays to rest a number of persistent myths. Above all, it shows the place of this previously extremely secretive organization within the United Kingdom. Few books could make such an immediate and extraordinary increase to our understanding of British history over the past century. From the Hardcover edition.
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An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism. The book describes how MI5 has been managed, what its relationship has been with government, where it has triumphed, and where it has failed. In all of this no restriction has been placed on the judgments made by the author. Defend the Realm also adds significantly to our knowledge of many celebrated events and notorious individuals and definitively lays to rest a number of persistent myths. Above all, it shows the place of this previously extremely secretive organization within the United Kingdom. Few books could make such an immediate and extraordinary increase to our understanding of British history over the past century. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Sachs

Length:

39h 47m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:19


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:44


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:24


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:33


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:46


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:05


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:42


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:43


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:44


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:40


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:04


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:23


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:40


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:48


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:49


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:52


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:44


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:40


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:59


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:48


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:40


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:34


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:31


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:43


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:27


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:33


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:23


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:08


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:35


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:49


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:13


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:47


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:38


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:55


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:05


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:42


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:01


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:38


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:39


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:18


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:29


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:52


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:52


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:11


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:48


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:10


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:27


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:07


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:13


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:57


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:39


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:08


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:07


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:01


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:21


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:42


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:49


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:49


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:06


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:17


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:55


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

07:54


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:12


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:58


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:49


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:35


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:09


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

07:40


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

07:10


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:38


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

08:46


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:59


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:37


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:17


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:37


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:24


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:03


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:11


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

07:53


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

07:15


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:40


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:03


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:48


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

07:53


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:08


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

07:08


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

06:54


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

07:43


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

07:41


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

05:38


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:02


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

08:05


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

08:14


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

07:41


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:27


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

07:25

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