The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency
By John Ferris
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Many of us know the name of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) but far less of us know what it or its forerunners do or has done over the past 100 years of its existence. This hardback book is the first ever authorised history of GCHQ and it uncovers the mysteries behind Britain's most secretive intelligence agency.
From roots in the 19th Century British signal intelligence has constantly developed to be at the forefront of innovation in national security and British secret statecraft. From the First World War activities of 'Room 40' through Bletchley Park in WW2 our state intelligence has developed to the Cheltenham centre we know as GCHQ today. Famed for its codebreaking achievements during the Second World War at Bletchley Park, and essential to the Allied victory, GCHQ also held a critical role in both the Falklands Conflict and Cold War. Today, amidst the growing threats of terrorism and online crime, GCHQ continues to be the UK's leading intelligence, security and cyber agency, and a powerful tool of the British state. Behind the Enigma seeks to detail that long history and provide insight into the often murky world of national security.
Based on unprecedented access to classified archives, Behind the Enigma is the first book to authoritatively tell the entire history of this most unique and enigmatic of organisations - and peer into its future at the heart of the nation's security.
Size: 164x241mm, 848 pages, Hardback
ISBN: 9781 5266 0546 7