MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service
Author: Gordon Corera
Goodreads Rating: 3.76
The story of MI6 is the story of the human factor that lies at the heart of spying. From shadowy work in the bars of post-war Vienna to recent high-tech missions Iraq and Libya, secret agents are forced to play a bewildering variety of roles: as psychiatrists, confidants and interrogators. From the spymasters in London and the agents they run to their elusive enemies, relationships are what drive espionage. These thrilling and often moving stories illustrate the dangers and moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence and reveal how the fictional worlds of Bond and le Carré have been drawn from reality and have in turn shaped the real world of spies.
Grand dramas such as the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11th attacks provide the backdrop for these stories of the men and women who have spied, lied and in some cases died in the service of the state.