Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage

Author(s): Chapman Pincher


In "Treachery", noted intelligence authority Chapman Pincher takes issue with the recently published authorised history of M15, stating that it might more accurately be referred to as 'the sanitised history'. He makes a compelling case, fortified by a mass of new information, that Roger Hollis, head of MI5 from 1956 to 1965, was himself a double agent, acting to undermine and imperil the UK and America. Myriad intriguing case histories are portrayed here, including that of Lt Igor Gouzenko, a Red Army cipher clerk whose 1945 disclosure of a mole in MI5 touched off the Cold War. With a mass of new evidence, some from Russian sources, Pincher also provides exciting new perspectives on other infamous operatives, including Kim Philby and Klaus Fuchs. Perhaps most explosively, Pincher posits that long after Hollis stepped down, a cover-up was perpetrated at the highest levels, espionage even involving Margaret Thatcher, to conceal the truth for ever - a deception that continues today.


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The true history of MI5, substantially revised and updated for this new paperback edition

"Chapman Pincher has drawn on decades of research and mined fresh evidence to examine in depth one of the enduring and controversial mysteries of the Cold War: was the chief of the British security service a Soviet spy?" - David Wise," The Invisible Government"

Chapman Pincher is one of the most experienced and best-known British espionage writers. For decades, he has been the most effective critic of the British security system, breaking scores of stories that have created headlines.

General Fields

  • : 9781780575407
  • : Mainstream Publishing
  • : Mainstream Publishing
  • : May 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chapman Pincher
  • : Paperback
  • : 327.1241
  • : 688