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The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949 audiobook cover art

Too Much Irrelevant Detail

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-11

I bought this book expecting a history of the often amazing intelligence activities of MI6 during the first half of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, this book pays more attention to political bickering among organizations in the British government about MI6 than it does to what MI6 actually did. The section on the first world war is particularly dull and basically skips everything MI6 did during the war to focus on how MI6 was organized and who controlled it. People wanting to hear interesting stories about espionage should shop elsewhere.

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Nazi Terror audiobook cover art

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-11

The book was great; Johnson incorporates careful research on historical archives in Germany into his work and convincingly overthrows many myths about the interaction between the German people during the second world war and the Gestapo.

The narrator is slightly faster than normal but still slower than a normal person talking. He did a fine job.

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