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The black door : spies, secret intelligence and British prime ministers / Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac.

Author:
Aldrich, Richard J. (Richard James), 1961- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • London : William Collins, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
xii, 606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary note:
This book explores the evolving relationship between successive British prime ministers and the intelligence agencies, from Asquith's Secret Service Bureau to Cameron's National Security Council. At the beginning of the 20th Century the British intelligence system was underfunded and lacked influence in government. But as the new millennium dawned, intelligence had become so integral to policy that it was used to make the case for war. Now, covert action is incorporated seamlessly into government policy, and the Prime Minister is kept constantly updated by intelligence agencies. But how did intelligence come to influence our government so completely? This book explores the murkier corridors of No. 10 Downing Street, chronicling the relationships between intelligence agencies and the Prime Ministers of the last century. From Churchill's code-breakers feeding information to the Soviets to Eden's attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, from Wilson's paranoia of an MI5-led coup detat to Thatcher's covert wars in Central America, Aldrich and Cormac entertain and enlighten as they explain how our government came to rely on intelligence to the extent that it does today.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-582) and index.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE: CREATING SECRET SERVICE -- 1. Herbert Asquith, David Lloyd George and Andrew Bonar Law (1908 -- 1923) -- 2. Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald (1923 -- 1937) -- pt. TWO: THE WINDS OF WAR -- 3. Neville Chamberlain (1937 -- 1940) -- 4. Winston Churchill (1940 -- 1941) -- 5. Winston Churchill (1942 -- 1945) -- pt. THREE: THE HOT COLD WAR -- 6. Clement Attlee (1945 -- 1951) -- 7. Winston Churchill (1951 -- 1955) -- 8. Anthony Eden (1955 -- 1957) -- 9. Harold Macmillan (1957 -- 1963) -- 10. Alec Douglas-Home (1963 -- 1964) -- pt. FOUR: DETENTE AND DISSENT -- 11. Harold Wilson (1964 -- 1970) -- 12. Edward Heath (1970 -- 1974) -- 13. Harold Wilson (1974 -- 1976) -- 14. James Callaghan (1976 -- 1979) -- 15. Margaret Thatcher (1979 -- 1990) -- pt. FIVE: TURBULENT TIMES -- 16. John Major (1990 -- 1997) -- 17. Tony Blair (1997 -- 2007) -- 18. Gordon Brown (2007 -- 2010) -- 19. David Cameron (2010 -- ).
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
Other title(s):
Spies, secret intelligence and British prime ministers
ISBN:
  • 9780007555444 ((hardback))
  • 000755544X ((hardback))
OCLC:
950478869
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