A Secret Well Kept: The Untold Story of Sir Vernon Kell, by Constance Kell PDF

By Constance Kell

The United Kingdom's family counter-intelligence and safety enterprise, most typically often called MI5, was once based in 1909 via Sir Vernon Kell KBE. Kell ('K' in the service provider) not just based MI5 yet was once additionally its Director for 31 years, the longest tenure of any head of a British executive division in the course of the 20th century. Kell was once additionally fluent in six overseas languages, making him arguably the main proficient linguist ever to move a Western intelligence agency.

A mystery good Kept was once written through Kell's spouse, Constance, within the Fifties, and the manuscript has been a precious family members ownership ever considering that. Constance's tale is eternally attention-grabbing: she tells in their existence in China through the Boxer uprising, the formation of MI5 in 1909, the most important characters, occasions and secret agent situations of Kell's profession, and his vital paintings completed for the rustic in the course of global wars.

A modern day preface from Kell's great-granddaughter, creation via Stewart Binns and notes from Dr Chris Northcott upload old context to this pleasant and remarkable perception into the private lifetime of a really robust and demanding man.

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