MacDonald, Peter. The Special Air Service in Action. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1990.
Surveillant 1.1 notes that this is an "[a]ccount of the SAS which examines its history from its beginnings in WWII ... to the role of the regiment during the past 15 years."
Murray, Gary. Enemies of the State: A Sensational Exposé of the Secret Services by a Former MI5 Undercover Agent. London: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
According to Surveillant 3.4/5, "Economist called [the book] a 'compendium of allegations.'" Murray "thinks Parliamentary oversight and regulation is necessary to prevent the illegalities which many, though not himself, have routinely practiced." Porter, I&NS 9.4, comments that Murray "describes a seedy twilight world ... of private operators - usually detective agencies - who are contracted by MI6 and MI5 to do their dirty work for them." He accuses such of murdering anti-nuclear activist Hilda Murrell and others.
N.W., [Nigel West] WIR 13.3, notes that the "police concluded that Murray had been duped by a prisoner who had later admitted that he had fabricated a tale to draw attention to ... the injustice of his own conviction of another, entirely unrelated crime.... [O]ne can only wonder now whether Murray might face prosecution for wasting police time."
Newman, Bernard. Ed., I.O. Evans. Spy and Counterspy: Story of the British Secret Service. London: Hale, 1970.
Constantinides says this book "is not worth reading" given its "many questionable judgments and errors."
O'Halpin, Eunan. "Financing British Intelligence: The Evidence Up to 1945." In British and American Approaches to Intelligence, ed. K.G. Robertson, 187-217. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987.
Paine, Lauran. Britain's Intelligence Service. London: Hale, 1979. [Chambers]
Ranelagh, John. "Through the Looking Glass: A Comparison of United States and United Kingdom Intelligence Cultures." In In the Name of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Walter Pforzheimer, eds. Hayden B. Peake and Samuel Halpern, 411-443. Washington, DC: NIBC Press, 1994.
Richelson, Jeffrey T. Foreign Intelligence Organizations. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger, 1988.
For NameBase, Richelson "offers organization-chart overviews of the services of several countries, and summaries of some of the current issues. Included [is] the United Kingdom (GCHQ, SIS, MI5, DIS, Special Branch)."
Cline, PSQ 104.1, comments that "[g]iven the uneven quality of the information available to him, Richelson has done a skillful job of weaving together a systematic description of the secret intelligence agencies of eight important nations.... This ... publication is a reference tool that, despite its limitations, will be handy on the shelf for any researcher dealing regularly with the arcane world of secret intelligence."
Richelson, Jeffrey T., and Desmond Ball. The Ties That Bind: Intelligence Cooperation Between the UKUSA Countries. Boston & London: Allen & Unwin, 1985. The Ties That Bind: Intelligence Cooperation Between the UKUSA Countries--the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australian and New Zealand. 2d ed. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990.
Clark comment: In this work, the prolific and knowledgeable Richelson teams with Ball, Australia's preeminent intelligence scholar, to lay out the development and maintenance of intelligence cooperation and coordination among the so-called UKUSA countries, particularly in the area of signals intelligence, from World War II to the late 1980s. There are brief reviews of the British, Australia, New Zealand, Canadian, and U.S. "security and intelligence" communities.
According to Surveillant 1.2, the second edition "updates the state of the UKUSA network, incorporating events since 1985 as well as new information ... regarding pre-1985 events." But, as Wark, I&NS 7.2, notes, the revisions are minimal and fail to focus on significant changes in New Zealand's status and on sweeping changes in the structure of Canadian intelligence.
Sexton refers to The Ties That Bind as an "essential source for those seeking to understand the genesis of the Anglo-American intelligence and security network fostered by the Cold War." On the other hand, Lowenthal finds the account "[m]arred by an evident hostility" to some of the activities on which the countries collaborate and an "occasional analysis by innuendo." And Gelber, I&NS 2.1, questions whether all the facts stuffed into the book are of equal importance.
Robertson, Kenneth G., ed.
1. British and American Approaches to Intelligence. London: Macmillan Press Ltd., RUSI Defence Studies Series, 1987. New York: St Martin's, 1987.
Pearson, APSR 82.3: The emphasis here is on the British experience. Beyond its "unfortunate title..., the collection as a whole contains some worthwhile material" and makes "a number of fresh contributions.... Students of intelligence operations will find a few new morsels to chew over and newcomers will find genuine food for thought."
2. War, Resistance and Intelligence: Essays in Honour of M.R.D. Foot. Barnsley, UK: Leo Cooper, 1999.
Jeffrey, I&NS 16.1, believes that this edited volume succeeds in doing "justice to M.R.D. Foot's lifetime contribution to historical scholarship and studies."
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