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  • The Untold Story of the Shadowy International Spy Network, Through Its Targets, Traitors and Spies
  • By: Richard Kerbaj
  • Narrated by: Richard Kerbaj
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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By: Richard Kerbaj
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Summary

The Secret History of the Five Eyes: The untold story of the international spy network, is a riveting and exclusive narrative of the most powerful and least understood intelligence alliance, which has been steeped in secrecy since its formation in 1956. 

Richard Kerbaj, an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, bypasses the usual censorship channels to tell the definitive account of authoritative but unauthorised stories of the Western world's most powerful but least known intelligence alliance made up of the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As Kerbaj shows, spy stories are never better than when they are true—and these span from 1930s Nazi spy rings to the most recent developments in Ukraine and China.

Through personal interviews with world leaders—including British Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron—and more than 100 intelligence officials, this book explores the complex personalities who helped shape the Five Eyes. They include a Scotland Yard detective who became a spymaster and inspired the first exchanges between MI5 and the FBI. An American home economics teacher who helped create one of the most effective programmes to counter Soviet espionage. The CIA's lone officer in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution. GCHQ's chief during the Edward Snowden intelligence leak. And the Australian politician turned diplomat whose tip-off to the FBI instigated the inquiry into Russia's meddling in the US presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Richard Kerbaj is able to draw from deep inside the secret corridors of power and his unparalleled access spans all 5 countries. Some of the people he has interviewed include former GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban, CIA director General David Petraeus, MI5 director-general Eliza Manningham-Buller, NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers, British National Security Advisor Kim Darroch, ASIO chief Mike Burgess, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's chief Richard Fadden, and Ciaran Martin, the official who oversaw Britain's assessments on whether the Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei, should have had a role in the creation of the UK's 5G network. 

This audiobook will lift the lid on spy stories from across the English-speaking world, question the future of the alliance, and our place within it.

©2022 Richard Kerbaj (P)2022 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"Puts Richard Kerbaj in the front rank of modern authors on espionage. It is, by turns, gripping and shocking and sheds completely new light on the most important intelligence alliance in the world." (Tim Shipman, author of All Out War)

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  • Ed
  • 09-09-22

Awful narration

Possibly the worst narration I’ve heard on any Audible. The narrator, who happens to be the author (!), has no rhythm, is difficult to hear and at times, sounds as if they are losing their voice. It’s so bad that I’ve given up listening and will seek my money back from Amazon.
Very disappointing as I was quite interested in the subject of the book.

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  • MJ
  • 02-09-22

Good book but

Good book but very choppy narration, end of some words missing, very annoying. Perhaps just my download but spoilt the experience

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I couldn't engage with the narration.

I'm sure the story was great but the book should have had a professional narrator.

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Story let down by narration

While an interesting story, the audiobook is significantly let down by the poor narration and production quality.

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  • Jan ÿstergaard
  • 23-11-22

Eye-opening a treasure of historical facts.

Eye-opening a treasure of historical facts, many not often reported in the media for some reason.