M: M15's First Spymaster

M: M15's First Spymaster

by Andrew Cook


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William Melville was one of the most influential counter–espionage figures of the twentieth century. From a tiny outfit based in Victoria Street in London, the counter–intelligence organisation that Melville created is today one of the world’s leading intelligence agencies. He was perfect for the job, a velvet–gloved hardman who had run Special Branch and whose career had already taken in some of London’s great crime dramas, including the Jack the Ripper investigations, Irish Republican terrorism and assassination attempts on Queen Victoria and Edward VII.

Now, with the help of recently declassified records, family material and records that have still not officially seen the light of day, the story of his Secret Service career—including the breaking of German spy rings prior to the outbreak of the First World War—can finally be told.

Andrew Cook worked for many years as a foreign affairs and defense specialist. He is the author of Ace of Spies: The True Story of Sidney Reilly, also published by Tempus. He is a regular contributor on espionage history to THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES and HISTORY TODAY.

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ISBN-13: 9780752439495
Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

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