The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers (Richard J. Aldrich & Rory Cormac) lands on the shelves of my shop.
London: William Collins, 2016, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; List of abbreviations; Appendices ;
>From the cover: Intelligence matters to Downing Street. For more than a century, secret wars waged directly from Number 10 have staved off conflict, defeats and British decline through fancy footwork, often deceiving friend and foe alike. Intelligence can even save the lives of prime ministers, long the targets of assassination plots. But spy scandals or the misuse of intelligence can also bring down a government. The secret world, with all its intrigue and suspicion, can breed paranoia. It can consume a prime minister, and has even led to the bugging of Number 10 itself.
Yet at the birth of the modern British secret service in 1909, prime ministers were strangers to the sec…
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 606 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.