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The Secret World: A History of Intelligence Hardcover – 16 Jul 2018

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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)

Both brilliant in its sweep and near-miraculous in the detail and confident judgements provided on two and a half millennia of spying. It covers everything from the argument for a professional intelligence service in a second-century BC Indian treatise on government, the Arthashastra, to the growth of religiously based terrorism in the 1980s and 1990s ... a crowning triumph (John Lloyd Financial Times)

The most comprehensive narrative of intelligence compiled: the author's breadth and depth of knowledge are unrivalled (Max Hastings Sunday Times)

The doyen of intelligence historians (Adam Sisman New Statesman)

A serious piece of scholarship ... a magisterial book. It is designed for the lay reader, as much as for the expert; the scale, breadth and depth of the work confirm Christopher Andrew's position as the great Yoda of intelligence studies (Michael S Goodman Literary Review)

Full of intriguing facts and pleasing anecdotes ... the subject is important and perennially fascinating (Rodric Braithwaite Spectator)

There are important lessons for spymasters everywhere in this brilliant book. ... Christopher Andrew, who has spent a lifetime supervising the world's largest school of postgraduate research into intelligence history, delivers a stunning secret archaeology of a subject that he himself helped to create (Richard J. Aldrich Times Literary Supplement)

The signal achievement of The Secret World is to illuminate how understanding the work of the cryptanalysts and intelligence officers - both past and present - is key to developing a granular understanding of historical events. It offers us a vital perspective (Huw Dylan BBC History Magazine)

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A stupendous history of intelligence and its uses, showing how it has frequently changed the course of history - by the world's leading historian of intelligence.

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