(A biography that reveals how Harold Wilson tried to defen...)
A biography that reveals how Harold Wilson tried to defend himself and the British democracy against the machinations of the secret state and its allies in the media and the Tory party.
(In this book, the first time ever, MI6, Britain's legenda...)
In this book, the first time ever, MI6, Britain's legendary player at the chessboard of international intelligence-gathering, is revealed in fascinating detail. Fifteen years of painstaking and meticulous research on the notoriously elusive organization comes together in a vivid and shocking portrait that differs radically from the sleek and flawless fictionalized portraits of Her Majesty's Secret Service.
(Hated and adored, trusted and feared, respected and scorn...)
Hated and adored, trusted and feared, respected and scorned - public opinion has never been indifferent to Sir Oswald Mosley. A brilliant politician, Mosley turned his back on conventional party politics to found, in 1932, the British Union of Fascists. Over the intervening years until now, many have worked hard to guard Mosley’s reputation but Blackshirt casts new light on the man.
Stephen Dorril's main interests - security and intelligence issues - have resulted in several books focusing on British and European intelligence. Smear! Wilson and the Secret State, which Dorril coauthored with Robin Ramsay, was described as "impressive and important" by Philip Knightley in the London Review of Books. The book describes several plots against Harold Wilson, who became prime minister of the United Kingdom in 1964. According to Bernard Porter in the Times Literary Supplement, the plots involved "various groups of people, including M15 and M16, the CIA, BOSS, financiers, ex-Army officers, the New Right, Gaitskellites, and even, at one early stage, a very famous woman romance novelist." The purpose of these plots varied, from bringing down Wilson’s Labour Party government to simply removing Wilson and replacing him with someone else. Dorril and Ramsay examine each of these plots in detail. Porter commented that "the proof is here: masses of it, set out in fascinating detail, judiciously weighed, scrupulously footnoted" and that this "is easily the best and most credible account of the Wilson and related plots." In Spectator, Paul Foot wrote, "Anyone who wants to know how the British secret service works owe a huge debt to Stephen Dorril and Robin Ramsay."
In The Silent Conspiracy: Inside the Intelligence Services in the 1990s, Dorril describes the British intelligence services: MI6, which spies on people outside Britain, MI5, which spies on people within Britain, and GCHQ, which "spies massively on both," according to Stuart Weir in a review for New Statesman & Society. Dorril describes how the intelligence services have resisted efforts to place them under parliamentary control and oversight, and along the way discusses mistakes, scandals, and botched missions and schemes.
MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service is a compendium of information on the secret service and how it works. A reviewer for the Economist remarked that Dorril was faced with great difficulty in writing it, because "his subject, the secret service, is officially non-existent, providing no reports, granting no interviews, answering no questions - just breaking surface briefly here and there." To gain information, Dorril scoured thousands of sources, ranging from pieces of common knowledge to published reports, even obituaries. He relied on reasonable inference as well as speculation. When the book was serialized before publication in the London Sunday Times in 2000, "British authorities raided the publisher to seize files and computers, and sought by a series of legal maneuvers to suppress the book," reported Martin Walker in the Wilson Quarterly. "They failed, thanks less to the robust state of civil liberties in Britain than to the fact that the author was able to show that he had used open and public sources."
Among Dorril's documented findings are suggestions that "British intelligence helped bring about the Cold War by starting hostile operations against the Soviets in 1943, almost as soon as Stalingrad had shown that the Soviet Union would survive," Walker remarked. The organization botched plans to assassinate rival leaders such as Slobodan Milosevic. Intelligence sources failed to anticipate the invasion of the Falklands, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Dorril even suggests that Nelson Mandela served as an agent for MI6, providing information on the Libyan financing of the IRA, a charge Mandela has vigorously denied. After "burrowing through an immense amount of material, the author has emerged with a picture of an organization highly skilled in bureaucratic maneuvering and self-protection but rather less effective at the stated object of the exercise: finding out what the other fellows are up to," observed Andrew Cockburn in the Los Angeles Times. Still, despite controversial claims and unflattering findings, "his book does not set out to be hostile, merely encyclopedic," noted a reviewer in the Economist.
Besides his writing career, Stephen Dorril worked as a Senior Lecturer in Print Journalism in the Media and Journalism Department of Huddersfield University. He was investigating the British security and intelligence services for more than twenty years, and particularly interested in the relationship between intelligence and politics.
Dorril appeared on numerous radio and television programs - Secret History, Panorama, Media Show, NBC News, World at One and others, - as a specialist and consultant on intelligence matters. It is noted that he also acted as a consultant to a series on Channel Five on the Intelligence services. Stephen Dorril became a researcher for different authors such as Anthony Summers and Paul Routledge and worked for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Mail and Evening Standard. He is also a Co-Founder/Editor of Lobster, the journal covering the activities of the British security and intelligence services.
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