Under Every Leaf How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa (Hardback)

By William Beaver


Book details

  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publication date: 17th Apr 2012
  • ISBN10: 1849542198
  • ISBN13: 978-1849542197
  • Publisher size: Royal
  • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 cm
  • Pages: 352
  • Illustrations: 8 pages


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This is the story of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the British War Office and its unsung role in the formation of the Victorian Empire and imperial policy-making from Asia to Africa.
With its focus on the heady days between the Crimean War and the establishment of MI and MI in the early years of the twentieth century, Under Every Leaf tells how Britain was well served by an extensive and sophisticated secret intelligence service which few even knew existed – then or now.
Drawing from an encyclopaedic array of primary and little-known sources, Under Every Leaf is a rollicking good read of brains over brawn, adventure, success and sacrifice, craftiness and commitment in the service of the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Jad Adams, Sunday Telegraph

“an impressive insight into the world of Britain’s first intelligence officers ”

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Bernard Porter , The Guardian

“does much to restore the "missing dimension" that secret service historians are always talking about”

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