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The Secret World (Digital Audiobook)

A History of Intelligence

By Christopher Andrew, Clive Chafer (Narrator)

Publication Date: September 3, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/10/2019)
Hardcover (9/4/2018)
Compact Disc (9/4/2018)
MP3 CD (9/4/2018)
Compact Disc (9/4/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/4/2018)


The history of espionage is far older than any of today’s intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada.

Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of World War I, the grasp of intelligence shown by US President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading eighteenth-century British statesmen.

In this book, distinguished historian Christopher Andrew recovers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia—and shows its relevance today.

About the Author

Christopher Andrew is professor of modern and contemporary history and chair of the History Department at Cambridge University, a former visiting professor of national security at Harvard, a frequent guest lecturer at other US universities and a regular host of BBC radio and TV programs. His books-which include Her Majesty's Secret Service; KGB: The Inside Story (with Oleg Gordievsky); and For the President's Eyes Only-have established him as one of the world's leading authorities on intelligence history.