Secret Service in the Cold War : An SIS Officer From Philby to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Balkans

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      The action-packed biography of a British intelligence officer who took part in major political events of the 20th Century before and during the Cold War. World War II had been won, but relationships between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union were weakening as the nuclear arms race made world peace precarious. Britain needed to know the Soviets'intentions and military capabilities. A Secret Intelligence Service officer, Lieutenant Colonel John Sanderson had the job of finding out. This is his story. Based on Sanderson's letters and personal accounts of his time with MI4 and MI6, this biography details his handling of secret agents behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War and organization of hidden arms depots. He observed the Paris UNO Security Council in 1948 and recruited émigrés for infiltration into Communist Bulgaria. He also reported on the Communist show trials in Sofia in 1949. Twelve years later, London tasked him to photograph the latest MIG fighter with the help of a CIA colleague. His getaway wasn't easy... Sanderson's early service life was equally challenging, from defending Britain's coastline in 1940, picking up downed pilots during the Battle of Britain, to fighting Japanese forces in Asian jungles, before returning to London to join the Secret Intelligence Services. Get the inside story on events like the Berlin Air Lift, the Suez Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Experience Kim Philby and George Blake's treachery and the effects the two “Olegs,” the Russian Colonels Penkovsky and Gordievsky, had on the international politics of Khrushchev, Kennedy, Gorbachev, Thatcher, and Reagan—and the course of world history.
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