Published in 2023, SPIES takes readers inside the intelligence war that has raged between Russia and West for over a century.
Published in 2023, SPIES will take readers inside the intelligence war that has raged between Russia and West for over a century. It unveils secrets about the conflict that has shaped our present world more than any other: the Cold War. Centering on key characters, never-before seen archival research in multiple languages and countries, and a synthesis of dramatic storytelling, it explains Russia’s war underway in Europe in 2022 and provides a chilling warning about the superpower clash underway this century: between the United States and China. Whether we like it or not, the West is already in a New Cold War.
The renowned espionage historian offers a gripping account of British intelligence during the last days of empire.
“Calder Walton’s deeply researched and artfully crafted book offers a masterclass in 20th century and contemporary history. It is rich with trenchant analysis, surprising details, cautionary tales, and unique insight into the ‘hundred years war’ between American and Russian intelligence agencies. Spanning the Bolshevik Revolution to the war in Ukraine, it is essential reading for anyone trying to understanding the complicated trajectory of current events.”—Fiona Hill, deputy assistant to the U.S. president and senior director for European and Russia on the U.S. National Security Council from 2017 to 2019
“An important and highly original account of postwar British intelligence.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A gripping account of British intelligence during the last days of empire.”—The Daily Telegraph
“In Walton’s gripping book, which contains more than enough fodder for a dozen new Hollywood spy thrillers, the darkest secrets of British espionage are brought to light. If the history of the twentieth century found in textbooks is the onstage drama, this expose is a startling peek behind the curtain.”—Booklist
“Calder Walton’s pioneering use of MI5’s imperial security files has unearthed a museum-full of historical treasures previously unknown to or neglected by both intelligence historians or end-of-empire scholars. Reading his work has taught me heaps.”—Peter Hennessy, author of The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War
“A major work, and a vivid and important history. Calder Walton shows his ability to change our understanding of the end of Empire by reinserting the missing intelligence dimension—comparable perhaps to the way Bletchley Park and ULTRA have changed the history of WWII.”—Christopher Andrew, author of Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5