Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5

Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5

by Stella Rimington


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During her career in MI5, which lasted from 1969 to 1996, Stella Rimington worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities—counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism—and became successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment.

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ISBN-13: 9780099436720
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 12/10/2002
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 587,335
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written and very interesting insider's account of working at all levels in the Security Service during a period of huge change within and outside the Service. The author is clearly a well-balanced and rational individual and strikes what seems to me to be the right balance between the need for secrecy and the drive for openness and transparency. This convinces rather more than either conspiracy theories that MI5 is spying on absolutely everyone and everything, or that (a la Chapman Pincher) it has been virtually a wholly compromised tool of the KGB. More books like this from leading figures in the public sector would also help in breaking down misconceptions of the role of public services held by both some of the public themselves and in particular by the media.
Miche11e on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About a month ago, a friend without a computer called me up and asked if I could order her a copy of "At Risk", a novel by Stella Rimington, the former Director-General of MI5, the British internal secret service. While placing the order, I noticed that Stella had also published an auto-biography. Since truth is stranger than fiction, I ordered it.Her career started as a secretary for MI-5, in India in 1965. She was in India with her husband, and she was just looking for a job to fill her time until they started a family. When they returned to England, she continued working as an "assistant officer". (Women were never made full officers.) In 1973, at age 37, she was promoted to the position of "officer" the same position as male graduate new-hires. She continued working after her two children were born; which was unheard of in that era. I could easily relate to her descriptions of coping as a working mother.When her husband left, she had to continue working to survive. Also in this time, the service was going through significant transitions in their business practices and philosophy. She describes the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union (who she spent most of her time spying on).A very interesting book, from a different era, about an unusual topic.P.S. MI-5 does not employ "agents". MI-5 employees "officers" who "run agents"; i.e. get information from people who are willing to give it. Sometimes the agents are paid, but lots of time they are politically motivated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Nothing." Runs to her new house before he can comment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phantom smiled and blushed a little. "What?"