The Secret World

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Military History
Paperback Published on: 04/07/2019
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'... comprehesive, digestable and startling... a stellar achievment' - The Times

God sent out spies into the land of Canaan.

The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus. From there, Christopher Andrew traces shifts in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognise as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were. He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter.

What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? This fascinating book provides the answers.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140285321
  • Number of pages: 960
  • Weight: 698g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

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The Secret World
A fascinating and thrilling history of intelligence
Simply put, a masterpiece. The detail and thoroughness of Christopher Andrew's book is truly phenomenal and despite the history of intelligence covering mo... READ MORE
Chris Hill