BRITANNIA AND THE BEAR
The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929

VICTOR MADEIRA
343pp 13 ILLUS 2014 LIST PRICE: £55.00 HB77

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For Bolshevik Russia, Great Britain -- not America -- was the enemy. By exploring British and Russian mind-sets in the critical interwar years this book traces the links between wartime social unrest, growing trade unionism in the police and the military, and Moscow’s subsequent infiltration of Whitehall. As early as 1920, Cabinet ministers were told that Bolshevik intelligence wanted to recruit university students from prominent families destined for government, professional and intellectual circles. Yet despite these early warnings, men such as the Cambridge Five slipped the security net fifteen years after the alarm was first raised. The book underscores the importance of the first Cold War in understanding the second.

Excellent . . . a pioneering work [that] should also appeal to anyone interested in modern politics, international relations and . . . Russia’s present-day secret intelligence operations in Britain. SPECTATOR