Quand on parle des femmes agents secrets, les noms de Mata Hari ou de Christine Keeler viennent à l’esprit. Pourtant ces dernières n’ont pas été de vraies espionnes : elles ont seulement servi d’appât sexuel dans de grandes affaires d’espionnage. La réalité des « agents secrètes » est tout autre. Dominique Prieur de la DGSE, Stella Rimington, la chef du MI5 britannique, ou Marita Lorenz, l’espionne de Fidel Castro, ont toutes mené des carrières plus discrètes, mais aussi plus passionnantes. Durant des années, Wilhelm Dietl, l’un des experts allemands du renseignement, a rencontré d’anciennes espionnes, parfois encore actives, et leur a demandé de raconter leur vie. Ces différents témoignages convergent sur un point : que ce soit par instinct, par ruse ou par connaissance du terrain, les nouvelles Jane Bond remportent souvent plus de succès que leurs collègues masculins. L’auteur nous ouvre les portes du monde caché de ces femmes travaillant au sein de la DGSE, de la CIA, du MI5, du KGB, du Mossad ou de la Stasi. Il nous révèle leurs discrètes victoires mais aussi leurs échecs, leurs histoires d’amour teintées d’amertume et les odieuses trahisons dont elles sont parfois victimes. Le voile de mystère qui flottait sur ces mythes féminins est désormais levé.
The New Nobility
In The New Nobility, two courageous Russian investigative journalists open up the closed and murky world of the Russian Federal Security Service. While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas. At the same time, its agents and spies were put beyond public accountability and blessed with the prestige, benefits, and legitimacy lost since the Soviet collapse. The security services have played a central— and often mysterious—role at key turning points in Russia during these tumultuous years: from the Moscow apartment house bombings and theater siege, to the war in Chechnya and the Beslan massacre. The security services are not all-powerful; they have made clumsy and sometimes catastrophic blunders. But what is clear is that after the chaotic 1990s, when they were sidelined, they have made a remarkable return to power, abetted by their most famous alumnus, Putin.
The Defence of the Realm
To mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, opened its archives to an independent historian. The Defence of the Realm, the book which results, is an unprecedented publication, It reveals the precise role of the Service in twentieth-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909 to root out 'the spies of the Kaiser' up to its present role in countering Islamic terrorism. It describes the distinctive ethos of MI5, how the organization has been managed, its relationship with the government, where it has triumphed and where it has failed. In all of this, no restriction has been placed on the judgements made by the author. The book also casts new light on many events and periods in British history, showing for example that though well-placed sources MI5 was probably the pre-war department with the best understanding of Hitler's objectives, and had a remarkable willingness to speak truth to power; how it was so astonishingly successful in turning German agents during the Second World War; and that it had much greater roles than has hitherto been realized during the end of the Empire and in responding to the recurrent fears of successive governments (both Conservative and Labour) and or Cold War Communist subversion. It has new information about the Profumo affair and its aftermath, about the 'Magnificent Five' and about a range of formerly unconfirmed Soviet contacts. It reveals that though MI5 had a file on Harold Wilson it did not plot against him, and it describes what really happened during the failed IRA attack in Gibraltar in March 1988.
The Ultimate Terrorists
Describes how threats of nuclear war are being replaced by weapons of mass destruction and potential biological and chemical terrorist attacks, carried out by violent extremists unconstrained by traditional ethics and politics.
The Mitrokhin Archive II
"When former KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin defected to Britain he brought with him what the FBI described as 'the most complete and extensive intelligence ever received from any source'. The first resulting book, The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West, created a media storm. But it told only part of the story. Now The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World reveals for the first time the full extent of the KGB's global penetration, exposing its operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.
Bring em Back Alive
The intrepid Texas jungle adventurer Frank Buck spent his life capturing alive every kind of animal, and enthralled generations of readers with the stories of danger and daring collected here.
Le djihad histoire secr te des hommes et des r seaux en Europe
Les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 avaient stupéfié et horrifié le monde. Celui de Madrid, le 11 mars 2004, a brutalement mis au jour la menace qui pèse sur l'Europe, mais qu'elle refuse trop souvent de voir. Pour les islamistes radicaux, il n'y a pas de sanctuaire. Le terrorisme, global de ce nouveau millénaire a pris des formes inédites. Une mouvance internationale, unie par la haine de l'Occident et de la démocratie, s'est formée autour d'Oussama Ben Laden. Malgré les interventions internationales en Afghanistan et en Irak, malgré des centaines d'arrestations et les dizaines de réseaux démantelés à travers le monde depuis 2001, la mouvance du djihâd est en pleine croissance. Quel est le profil type du djihadiste européen ? Comment est-il recruté et formé ? Quels liens tissent entre eux les différents groupes de la mouvance islamiste ? Comment s'implantent-ils en Europe et dans le monde ? De quelles complicités bénéficient-ils ? Quels sont leurs moyens financiers ? Quels attentats les islamistes préparent-ils ? Les menaces d'attaques majeures bio-bactériologiques, voire nucléaires, sont-elles crédibles ? À toutes ces interrogations Claude Moniquet apporte des réponses édifiantes, mais aussi inquiétantes, fondées sur plusieurs années d'enquêtes et des analyses inédites.
Israel s Nuclear Dilemma Routledge Revivals
Originally published in 1994, Yair Evron opens the book with an account of the development of Israel's nuclear doctrine and the internal disagreements within the Israeli political and strategic elite over how nuclear policy should be conducted. There follows an analysis of the reactions from Arab states and of how, with the exception of Iraq, they have so far refrained from developing their own nuclear weapons.
Code Name Pauline
Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Told through a series of reminiscences—from a difficult childhood spent in the shadow of World War I and her family’s harrowing escape from France as the Germans approached in 1940 to her recruitment and training as a special agent and the logistics of parachuting into a remote rural area of occupied France and hiding in a wheat field from enemy fire—each chapter also includes helpful opening remarks to provide context and background on the SOE and the French Resistance. With an annotated list of key figures, an appendix of original unedited interview extracts—including Pearl’s fiancé Henri’s story—and fascinating photographs and documents from Pearl’s personal collection, this memoir will captivate World War II buffs of any age.
The Women Who Lived For Danger
In World War II, 37 women were dropped in occupied France to work as Special Operations Executive agents and 'set Europe ablaze'. 13 never returned. They were executed in Hitler's concentration camps. This is the fascinating story of eight of those female agents, all striking beauties (despite the need to be inconspicuous), all from civilian life, who were warned of the likelihood of arrest, torture and a brutal death before they volunteered. None demurred. These young women were given months of arduous fitness, gun, explosives, endurance and code training before parachuting into occupied territory. But Women Who Lived for Danger also contains eight very personal tales. Why did these women volunteer? Where did they come from? Marcus Binney tells of a life of Resistance work and uncover operations, clandestine activities and even armed combat, and a constant fear of discovery. But above this book tells of extreme bravery and devotion to duty.