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The Spying Game - The History of the Secret Services - cover

The Spying Game - The History of the Secret Services

Al Cimino

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

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Summary

Throughout history, secret services have been employed by repressive  regimes to keep the populace in check at home, while hiring agents to  collect intelligence abroad. Britain's first secret service was  established by Sir Francis Walsingham, secretary of state to Elizabeth  I; meanwhile the US Secret Service was set up in 1865 as a specialized  department of the Treasury, charged with stopping the circulation of  forged banknotes. This book concentrates on more recent covert  operations conducted by the modern-day security services of the USA,  Britain, Russia and China, a game of spy versus spy played out day by  day and decade by decade across the world, with the ultimate stake each  nation's freedom. From Sidney Reilly 'Ace of Spies' through the heyday  of the KGB, CIA and MI5/ MI6 to today's super-snooper Big Brother  set-up, The Spying Game gives you the inside track on an  incredible cloak and dagger world of international intrigue now being  eclipsed by computers and electronic surveillance as the NSA in America  and Britain's GCHQ take over the reins.

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