The Secret World: A History of Intelligence (Library)

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.2 X 3.6 X 7.8 inches | 1.75 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, former Visiting Professor of National Security at Harvard University, and guest lecturer at numerous American universities and the CIA. His writings, translated into many languages, have established him as one of the world's leading authorities in intelligence history. Professor Andrew is also a frequent host of BBC TV and radio programs on history and world affairs.

Clive Chafer is a professional actor, director, producer, and theater instructor. Originally from England and educated at Leeds and Exeter universities, he has performed and directed at many theaters in the San Francisco area, where he makes his home, and elsewhere in the US. In 1993 he founded TheatreFIRST, Oakland's professional theater company, where he served as artistic director until 2008.


Comprehensive...Easy to dip into, and surprisingly funny. Spies have an acute sense of the ridiculous and their own absurd and lethal drama.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

The author's breadth and depth of knowledge are unrivalled.

-- "Sunday Times (London)"

A work accurate, comprehensive, digestible, and startling, and all in a single volume.

-- "Times (London)"

Both brilliant in its sweep and near-miraculous in the detail.

-- "Financial Times (London)"

Narrator Clive Chafer recognizes the challenge of delivering Christopher Andrew's lengthy book, and he is up to the task. With his British accent and low-key style, Chafer adeptly uses a mix of tone and inflection, while pacing his delivery. As a result, listeners can savor the audiobook. Another benefit is that many chapters are stand-alone stories, which provide an easy way for busy listeners to take in the work a little at a time if they wish.

-- "AudioFile"

Fans of Fleming and Furst will delight in this skillfully related true-fact side of the story.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

In this extraordinarily ambitious and monumental work, Christopher Andrew brings an enormous amount of detail together in one place so patterns can begin to emerge and readers can appreciate connections and dissimilarities. No other book has come close to what Andrew has done here.

-- "Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Politics and History, Emory University"