Authoritative accounts of the intelligence world through the Cold War are very rare, making this autobiographical account all the more important and valuable. The author, together with his son’s efforts to edit and present the story, has provided a senior insider’s account of a part of history shrouded in darkness. – Strongly Recommended
NAME: Secret Service in the Cold War, an SIS Officer From Philby to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Balkans FILE: R2808 AUTHOR: LT Col John B Sanderson, Myles Sanderson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 429 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, Cold War, intelligence services, SIGINT, HUMINT, SIS, MI4, MI5, MI6, Balkans War, traitors, Philby, Cuban Missile Crisis, Glasnost, Regan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Thatcher, Gorbachev
IMAGE: B2808.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y4vx58rm LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Authoritative accounts of the intelligence world through the Cold War are very rare, making this autobiographical account all the more important and valuable. The author, together with his son's efforts to edit and present the story, has provided a senior insider's account of a part of history shrouded in darkness. - Strongly Recommended Lt Col Sanderson was a soldier, intelligence officer and diplomat. His Intelligence service covers the span of the Cold War and the aftermath with the Balkans War and the restructuring of Europe. This is a part of history that is still shrouded in myth and mystery. Of information already released, in fiction and non-fiction, more than half is probably deliberate misdirection and misinformation. Myles Sanderson has pulled together material left by his father and added in his own research, producing what is as much an autobiography as a biography. Much of the history is still highly sensitive, accounting for the lack of authoritative accounts. We are probably still at least fifty years away from significant declassification of documents to enable a fund of history books to become possible. This book lifts a corner of the history. Lt Col Sanderson lived and worked through all of the major events from the end of WWII, through the Berlin Airlift, Korean War, Suez, Cuban Missile Crisis to the collapse of the Soviet Union and consequential upheaval in Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans. That process is still incomplete. During the period, Sanderson was responsible for the creation of networks inside the Soviet Union, their betrayal by Philby and the Cambridge spies, the turning of KGB and GRU intelligence officers and the impact of the defections of Penkovsky and Gordievsky. This is a gripping story that is supported by two photo-plate sections with some very rare images.