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Publication will be supported by a major national advertising campaign For people interested in espionage; the history of the two world wars; the workings of the secret state; and international relations in the twentieth centurys The first and only history of the SIS, written with unrestricted access to the closed archive The ultimate companion to the bestselling Defence of the Realm by Christopher Andrew (over 75,000 hardback sold through BookScan

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Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen's University, Belfast, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 1998 he was the Lees Knowles Lecturer in Military Science at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 2003-4, Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the author of fourteen previous books. Keith Jeffery lives in Northern Ireland.


'Extraordinarily useful, endlessly interesting ... Jeffery captured the adventurous, John Buchan side of SIS with as much zest as he revealed the successes and failures of its analysis of events' * John Simpson *
'A magisterial account of the two wars in particular, viewed via the prism of secret intelligence. Winningly, it also entertains' * Independent on Sunday *
'Fascinating ... The book is full of examples of the ingenuity and courage shown by all ranks' * Douglas Hurd, Guardian *
'Full of episode and personality, without ever succumbing to the swash and buckle that can dazzle those who get close to SIS' * Daily Telegraph *

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