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Revue de presse

"Was she right to publish? Most certainly. If we are to have a mature attitude to our intelligence services, we need this kind of inside account - it is vital in stripping away mystique and building understanding" (Daily Telegraph)

"Stella Rimington deserves our thanks for resisting the bullying of the cabinet office and many of her colleagues and associates in Whitehall, and pushing on to publication" (New Statesman)

"She writes in a refreshingly self-deprecating style of juggling the roles of single parent and chief "spook"" (Independent on Sunday)

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Rimington's account of her rise in what was very definitely a man's world..

Stella Rimington was educated at Nottingham Girls' High School, and Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities. In 1959 she started work in the Worcestershire County Archives, moving in 1962 to the India Office Library in London, as Assistant Keeper responsible for manuscripts relating to the period of the British rule in India. In 1965 she joined the Security Service (MI5) part-time, while she was in India accompanying her husband on a posting to the British High Commission in New Delhi. On her return to the UK she joined MI5 as a full-time employee. 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. During her time as DG she pursued a policy of greater openness for MI5, giving the 1994 Dimbleby Lecture on BBC TV and several other public lectures and publishing a booklet about the Service. She was made a Dame Commander of the Bath (DCB) in 1995 and has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the Universities of Nottingham and Exeter. Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996, she has become a Non-Executive Director of Marks & Spencer, BG Group plc and Whitehead Mann GKR. She is Chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research and a member of the Board of the Royal Marsden NHS Trust. She has two daughters and a granddaughter.

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  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 octobre 2011)
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A publication that was predictably viewed as unpopular by the establishment, 'Open Secret' is nevertheless an honest and well balanced account of the first woman to reach the top of The Security Service. In a world where even a little information can mean so much, Stella Rimington has provided us with an idea of the internal workings of MI5 without compromising her service. Unlike her novels, 'Open Secret' is not a thriller but is fascinating enough to be a good read.
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HASH(0x955dd354) étoiles sur 5 No Secret: Stella Rules, Britannia! 14 mars 2008
Par F. S. L'hoir - Publié sur
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I purchased this book after hearing an interview with Ms. Rimington on BBC 4, and I must say, I found her engaging both on the radio and in print. She is a talented writer, whose eventful life--from childhood during the blitz, through her days as a diplomatic wife in India; her experiences as an archivist; and her almost accidental career in MI5 [the old-school-tie male bastion which she penetrated with panache]--is related with considerable charm and humor (essential requirements for being an effective spy).

On the back of the book, under a series of rave blurbs is a negative one by an individual of the male persuasion, whose non-endorsement guaranteed my determination to read the book. And I quote: "The most effective Secret Service is the one which is secret. She should shut up."

Well, that horse was stolen from the barn years ago, and the service that once dared not speak its name has long since--thanks to ex-intelligence officers writing their memoirs right and left--become the service that will not shut up!

Stella Rimington, the intelligent woman who made it to the director-generalship of MI5, adds a refreshing perspective to the male-dominated literature of British intelligence.
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HASH(0x955dd5a0) étoiles sur 5 First Female Head of MI5. 27 mars 2008
Par Hugh Claffey - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is the first autobiography of the first female head of MI5, the UK's internal security agency. It was published in 2001, to a wave of negative publicity. Apart from the politicians who disparaged the apparent breach of security, there were quite a few negative reviews stating that Ms. Rimington wrote out of feeling of guilt at having disrupted her daughters lives by her choice of career.
Overall the book does not reveal anything about MI5, other than the thinking behind the decision to openly acknowledge its existence, and expose it to more parliamentary oversight, which happened during the 1990s. Ms. Rimington does describe in convincing terms the struggle to be taken seriously, as a female professional, during her time in MI5 from the late 1960s. She seems to have met the challenges with great determination. Her personal life seems to have been greatly affected by her work, though her marriage seems to have been rocky in any case. She lived with her daughters in London, however there were many intrusions and changes of address necessitated by
The needs of security and the fear of exposure and publicity. There is an authentic feel from one story, where she was secretly meeting a potential agent in London, when she got a call that her daughter was ill, Rimington had to borrow money from the potential agent for taxi fare, cut short the meeting and go to pick up her daughter.
I liked the book, as I had not expected much information about MI5, and found it very honest about her personal struggle. There is the usual stuff about MI5's failures being public and its successes being secret, and what a motivated bunch they are. I would have preferred some discussion about how MI5 (along with other agencies) missed the collapse of the USSR, did not forecast the IRA ceasefire; however I was not expecting it.
One indication of the difficulties Rimington experienced in getting the book published is the ending - there is an Afterword, a Postcript and an Epilogue; all in various ways trying to counter the criticism she was enduring.
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HASH(0x955dd7e0) étoiles sur 5 In search of balance 6 septembre 2008
Par Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Publié sur
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I've just finished reading Ms Rimington's novels and thought I would like to know more about the woman behind them. This book provides an interesting snapshot of the times in which Ms Rimington worked: the changing face of security-related work; the changing expectations of women in the workforce and the ever present challenges of tradeoff between family and career that many of us (whether male or female) will recognise.

The book itself is more a careful memoir than an autobiography as, clearly, Ms Rimington had to write within certain constraints in order to be allowed to publish at all.

I found the book useful and interesting on three levels:

1. Ms Rimington's persistence in seeking promotion within a field which was considered to be a male domain;

2. Her recounting of the acknowledgement of the existence and broad responsibilities of MI5 during its shift from the shadows to statutory accountability; and

3. Some of the challenges she and her family faced in trying to combine family life with her career.

Many people, particularly women who've chosen to combine career with family will relate to the challenges faced by Ms Rimington. Some of us, familiar with some of the events broadly recounted in the book will be interested in reading Ms Rimington's perspective. Reading the book 7 years after publication, it is perhaps difficult to appreciate the negative publicity engendered at the time. Perhaps we have travelled some distance after all.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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HASH(0x955ddb40) étoiles sur 5 Informative, but constrained 21 août 2010
Par T. Good - Publié sur
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Heard about Stella Rimington after an NPR interview for her latest US release. Rounded up copies of all her available books and set in to them. Started with this, an informative but obviously constrained work that details her life from childhood to leaving MI5. No revealing secrets about the inner workings of British Intelligence. I'm guessing the "fuss" made by the office for her desire to publish her memoirs and her requirement to submit it for review first allowed for sanitization by the authorities. That or nothing really ever happens On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I got the impression they break for a drink quite a bit over there, even during work. Typical British casual attitude toward it all, but she did battle through a lot of the usual male dominance of society which cost her a quiet family. It was her choice in the end and it appears to have worked out for her. Dim view of Americans, but that is to be expected from non-Americans. Not a fascinating and captivating book, but informative about the person.
HASH(0x955dd8f4) étoiles sur 5 Who is the real Stella? 24 avril 2013
Par David O - Publié sur
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When I first read one of Rimington’s novels, I was unsure whether she was a novelist employed by MI5 or a former Director General living out her fantasies as a spy-catcher. I am still not sure. If this autobiography was the work of a former business chief it would be somewhat routine. But it is not. Rimington rose through the ranks of MI5 to become DG. At the same time, she raised two teenage daughters, after she separated from her husband, John
Reading about the challenges of everyday life in England allows the reader to empathize with Rimmington. As an ex-pat living in the US, I was quite fascinated to find out how the Brits lived over the last 40 years, while I have been away.
At work, Rimington aptly points out that she was involved in a business. That business happened to be domestic intelligence. You also get to understand the way that MI5 grew from a derelict organization into a modern sophisticated intel operation (at least I hope it is). She was a key part of that evolution from scattered buildings with hand written index cards and typed documents in files. Today they located in modern facilities at Thames House, along with sophisticated databases. (She does not tell you that. But think Google and Facebook).

How is MI5 organized? You get a glimpse of key functions, like counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, surveillance and agent-running. You can assume there is a huge amount of security surrounding a database of individuals and organizations. If you want to know more, read her novels. Rimington also points out that as a business, MI5 is now much more open and accountable to the government and public. There is for example, an importance distinction be between subversion (to be monitored) and opposition to the government (be careful not to invade privacy).

I am pretty sure that she has not told the whole story. Doubtless there are rooms within rooms and misinformation. And, like any other organization, there are trade secrets.
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