Public Servant, Secret Agent: The Enigmatic Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave

Public Servant Secret Agent The Enigmatic Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave This biography looks at the life of Airey Neave Colditz escapee MI officer mastermind of Margaret Thatcher s leadership campaign and on the verge of being her first Secretary of State for Norther

  • Title: Public Servant, Secret Agent: The Enigmatic Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave
  • Author: Paul Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781841152448
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This biography looks at the life of Airey Neave, Colditz escapee, MI6 officer, mastermind of Margaret Thatcher s leadership campaign, and on the verge of being her first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he was brutally murdered in the palace of Westminster by the INLA Neave s sensational escape and his equally sensational death are the extent of most people sThis biography looks at the life of Airey Neave, Colditz escapee, MI6 officer, mastermind of Margaret Thatcher s leadership campaign, and on the verge of being her first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he was brutally murdered in the palace of Westminster by the INLA Neave s sensational escape and his equally sensational death are the extent of most people s knowledge and appreciation of one of Britain s most mysterious public figures.

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    1. I stumbled across this book while doing some research on Colditz, the supposedly escape-proof castle/prison where incorrigible escapees were housed by the Nazis. I had never heard of Neave but reading just a couple of pages hooked me completely. It’s fascinating.As a child Neave had been sent to Germany in 1933 to learn the language. This gave him an opportunity to witness fascism in practice and he formed a lifelong hatred of authoritarianism that became an obsession.Unlike his fellow student [...]

    2. Interesting story. The author seems bent on supporting the IRA and all associated splinter groups. Seems to be very pro Labour Party and wants to paint Neave and other former intelligence officers as somewhat shady and always conspiring. Too much political slant. The fact is Neave was assassinated by terrorists. That says it all.

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