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Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5 par [Rimington, Stella]
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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 octobre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005R20W04
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Even better the second time around. 27 janvier 2017
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I bought this book several years ago and read it before reading her Liz Carlyle novels. Then I took a mini-course on Brexit, and learned a great deal about the EU, which, as an American, I was deficient on. Now I have started over (while waiting for the next novel...), and enjoyed it even more than before.
Within the parameters of what could be included, she includes a good feel for what MI5 is about, but for those who expected it to be a "tell all," your expectations are your disappointment. I expected it to be a professionally written recounting of her journey, and she delivered completely. Perhaps some of those readers don't remember a time when we were expected to be wives and mothers: Dame Stella made that transition without protesting or demonstrating, but by being a competent and effective professional. Meanwhile, she also gives insight into the changing world situation - from the Cold War to the end of the Soviet Union - and some of the impact on their work in the Security Services.
Well worth reading, at least once. For myself, I suspect that I'll read it yet again.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stella Rimington--Star Player of "The Game." 31 août 2016
Par Jane Arrol - Publié sur
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An amazing woman, Ms. Rimington started as an MI5 clerk and rose over the years to Director General of that agency. Her memoir mentions incidents and situations and persons in passing, but focusses on the agency's progress in accepting change and oversight, becoming more transparent to both lawmakers and the public, and accepting the viewpoint and contribution of women in its ranks. She does this with humor, warmth, and grace, and not a trace of bitterness through many ups and downs. Gives readers the flavor of the years 1970 to mid-1990s in international events and incidents. She is a very smart woman's woman--as much as she is a star player in what has been traditionally a man's "Game."
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4.0 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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3.0 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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Judi Dench was Not So Farfetched After All! 26 novembre 2013
Par C. Henig - Publié sur
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Who knew that M really was a woman? It always amazes me that other countries seem far more comfortable in having women in key positions in their governments. I don't know what it will take for the US to have a woman as CIA director, but I don't expect it will happen soon. The Brits recognised Ms Rimington's talents early and when the MI-5 position was vacant, named her to it. It probably was the last thing anyone expected when she was looking for something to do as a foreign service wife when her husband was posted to a country where she couldn't work. She just sort of fell into this career but she clearly had all the qualifications and ability to do it so very well. This is a fascinating book. It is well written. It is about a subject that is very unexpected. And it is a point of view about events that I certainly never expected to read.
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