'C' - A Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield - Head of MI6
'C' - A Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield - Head of MI6
Deacon, Richard
The possible prototype of Le Carre's George Smiley, Sir Maurice Oldfield was certainly more smiling, and even more subtle. From 1973 to 1978 he was 'C', the Director General of MI6, controlling and extending a vast web of information and international intrigue. Oldfield, the oldest of eleven children, his father a Derbyshire farmer, was destined for an academic career - he won a scholarship to Manchester University and spoke Latin in his sleep - but war service with the Military Intelligence Corps revealed his flair for espionage. This compelling biography casts light on a shadowy and paradoxical figure, a master of misinformation and the double-cross, who had a concern for honesty and a talent for lasting friendship...
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