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Open Secret — The Autobiography Of The Former Director-General Of MI5 - Stella Rimington

Hutchinson, 2001, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Pages deeply tanned.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Nothing in my life ever turned out as I expected. Having originally chosen a safe career, I ended up as leader of one of the country’s intelligence agencies and a target for terrorists. Having conventionally married my school friend, I ended up a single parent. Having begun work in the days when women’s careers were not taken seriously, I ended up advising ministers and Prime Ministers. I have experienced all this from an unusual position, inside the secret state. ‘In the 1980s I was seen by some as Mrs Thatcher’s stooge, the leader of an arm of the secret state which was helping her to beat the miners’ strike and destroy the NUM. I was portrayed as the investigator of CND and even as the one who had ordered the murder of an old lady peace campaigner. In 1992, when I first emerged into the public gaze as Director-General of MI5, I became a female James Bond, ‘Housewife Super-spy’, ‘Mother of Two Gets Tough with Terrorists’. And finally, with the writing of this book, I have become, to some, ‘Reckless Rimington’, careless of our national security. I don’t recognize myself in any of those roles. The unexpected course of my life has involved me closely with some of the significant issues of the late 20th century, including the rise of terrorism, the end of the Cold War and some of the big social questions, such as women’s place in society (how can work and family be combined?), civil liberties (how far should the state intrude on the citizens’ privacy to ensure their safety?), and open government (how much should the public know about the secret state and how should it be controlled?). These are some of the issues that concerned me throughout my career in MIS, and which I discuss in this book.’”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 296
ISBN: 0091793602

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