The Secret World: A History of Intelligence (Paperback)
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Published: 04/07/2019
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'... comprehesive, digestable and startling... a stellar achievment' - The Times

God sent out spies into the land of Canaan.

The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus. From there, Christopher Andrew traces shifts in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognise as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were.

He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter.

What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? This fascinating book provides the answers.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140285321
Number of pages: 960
Weight: 698 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm


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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

Brilliant in its sweep and near-miraculous in the detail and confident judgements provided on two and a half millennia of spying ... The book is a crowning triumph of one of the most adventurous scholars of the security world - John Lloyd, Financial Times

Christopher Andrew delivers a stunning secret archaeology of a subject that he himself helped to create - Richard J. Aldrich, Times Literary Supplement

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“A fascinating and thrilling history of intelligence”

Simply put, a masterpiece. The detail and thoroughness of Christopher Andrew's book is truly phenomenal and despite the history of intelligence covering more than two millennia the book is nothing short of... More

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