Nigel West is a renowned military historian specializing in intelligence, counterintelligence, and security issues. His many books include At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6, the Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence, and the Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. His latest book, the Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence, was published in March.
The Sunday Times has commented: “His information is so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories.”
During 1987-1997 Mr. West was a Member of the House of Commons, representing a parliamentary constituency in Devon, contributing to official secrets legislation and the statutes authorizing the security and intelligence services. He is currently European Editor of the Washington, DC-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA.