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.
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The Mitrokhin Archive II
The Mitrokhin Archive II 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. For a quarter of a century the KGB believed that the Third World was the arena in which it could win the Cold War. 'The world,' claimed Moscow, 'was going our way.' This book discloses the KGB's secret contacts with a series of world leaders, among them Castro, Allende, Nasser, Saddam Hussein and Mengistu, as well as with terrorist hijackers and communist parties around the globe. It also shows the enormous resources devoted, with varying degrees of success, to trying to determine the course of events in countries as different as India (the main force for KGB active measures in Asia) and Afghanistan (where the KGB took the lead in the Soviet invasion). The revelations range from the shocking to the absurd - Soviet agents assessing the spread of their great rival, Chinese communism, by counting the changing number of Mao Zedong posters in Africa - and take the story all the way to the disintegration of the Eastern Bloc. CHRISTOPHER ANDREW is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University. His authorised history of MI5 will be published by Penguin in 2009. Vasili Mitrokhin was a former senior officer of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence service whose career spanned the period between 1948 and 1984. He defected to the United Kingdom in 1992 and died in 2004.
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.
Danser Paris dans l entre deux guerres
Entre les deux guerres mondiales, la pratique des danses de société à Paris connaît une mutation sans précédent en raison de l'introduction de genres provenant des Etats-Unis (fox-trot, shimmy, charleston...), de la zone caribéenne (biguine, rumba...) et d'Amérique du Sud (tango, samba...). Au lendemain de l'armistice, le dancing, lieu privilégié de la pratique des danses nouvelles, propose au public un contexte attrayant. Accueillant des orchestres de jazz, de tango ou de musique antillaise, il fait concurrence aux grands bals hérités de la Belle Epoque ainsi qu'aux bals populaires et se distingue par une mixité sociale, générationnelle et ethnique inédite. Comment la société parisienne s'approprie-t-elle ces danses des Amériques ? Quels en sont les passeurs (musiciens, danseurs...) ? En quoi les innovations techniques (disque, radio, cinéma) ont-elles permis la fixation ainsi que la médiatisation de genres illégitimes dans leur territoire d'origine ? A travers l'analyse des pratiques et des imaginaires, il s'agit aussi de comprendre comment, malgré les résistances de toutes sortes (nationalistes, corporatistes, puritaines, xénophobes, etc.), ces danses ont rencontré un succès phénoménal, comment ces Amériques à la culture métisse sont devenues des modèles durables en matière de pratiques sociales de danse et comment ces nouvelles formes ont modifié en profondeur les rapports des Français et des Françaises au corps, au rythme et au couple dansant.
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.
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.
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 whistleblower of Dimona
In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at Israel's highly secret nuclear arms research centre at Dimona, disclosed highly classified details about Israel's nuclear arms program to the London Sunday Times. As a result, Vanunu was kidnapped from London and taken back to Israel where, after a closed door trial, he was sentenced to eighteen years imprisonment for espionage and treason. Cohen discusses, among other questions, whether Israel should have the bomb, whether Vanunu was justified in his whistle blowing, and what the responsibilities of the Sunday Times are toward its informer. The book traces Vanunu's personal history and probes the lack of internal security at Dimona, which made it possible for Vanunu to provide the Sunday Times with such information. The book provides the first extensive publication of the deliberations at Vanunu's trial held behind closed doors. It is drawn from thousands of pages of court transcripts made available to the author. These include sensational testimony by senior Israeli ministers and officials intimately involved with the Dimona project. Cohen examines the consequences of the Vanunu Affair for Israel's intelligence community, the Israel-Arab balance of power, and the nuclear development of Iraq and Iran. Cohen also makes use of the most recent information available, integrating the records of the Vanunu trial that, until late 1999, had not been released by the Israeli courts.
An expert on electronic privacy shows how "information warriors" are able to gain access to and use computerized data on ordinary individuals, and the threat such use poses to citizens and to national security. Original. Tour. IP.