REVIEW: Intelligence and the War Against Japan. Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service


by Richard J. Aldrich. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 500 pages.


Intelligence and the War Against Japan offers the first comprehensive history of the development of the British secret service and its relations with its American intelligence counterparts during the war against Japan.

Richard J. Aldrich makes extensive use of recently declassified files in order to examine the politics of secret service during the Far Eastern War, analysing the development of organisations such as Bletchley Park, the Special Operations Executive and the Office of Secret Services in Asia.

He argues that, from the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the Allies focused increasingly on each other's future ambitions, rather than the common enemy. Central to this theme are Churchill, Roosevelt and their rivalry over the future of empire in Asia.

Richard J. Aldrich's cogent, fluent analysis of the role of intelligence in Far Eastern developments is the most thorough and..

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