Operation Chiffon: The Secret Story of MI5 and MI6 and the Road to Peace in Ireland (Hardback)Peter Taylor (author)
The jaw-dropping and inspirational account of the eponymous intelligence operation that worked for decades to bring about peace in Northern Ireland, Taylor's volume spotlights vital work that has hitherto been hidden from public view.
On the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Peter Taylor tells for the first time the gripping story of Operation Chiffon, MI5's top-secret intelligence operation that helped bring peace to Ireland.
April 1998: the Good Friday Agreement is signed, ending decades of violence and bloodshed in Northern Ireland. The process of getting the IRA to end its so-called 'armed struggle' was always the prerequisite of the search for peace. It was Operation Chiffon that finally helped make it possible. Operation Chiffon takes us inside the top-secret intelligence operation whose roots go back to the bloodiest years of the conflict in the early 1970s, involving officers from MI6 and, later in the 1990s, MI5. The remarkable story, which has remained hidden for forty years, is now revealed by legendary BBC journalist Peter Taylor with unique access to the officers involved.
Drawing on exclusive interviews and Taylor's fifty years of covering the conflict, the book narrates in first-hand detail how those involved risked their careers - and their lives - to help secure the fragile peace that exists today. Taylor vividly brings this covert operation to life and in the process chronicles the history of Sinn Fein, rising from obscurity in the early days of the Troubles to becoming the largest political party in Ireland today.
It is a story fraught with uncertainty and danger that, as Brexit risks destabilising what was achieved in the Good Friday Agreement twenty-five years ago, is more important than ever to remember.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'What an extraordinary asset Peter Taylor is for the BBC and for British journalism.' - Jonathan Freedland, bestselling author of The Escape Artist
'Only a journalist of Taylor's standing could have persuaded people from all sides in the conflict to cooperate in such a manner. The result was a first-rate piece of journalism. It was also first-rate history.' - The Guardian
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