The 2018 Airey Neave Book Prize has been awarded to The Secret World: A History of Intelligence, written by Professor Christopher Andrew, by a panel of experts assessing the most valuable contribution to the understanding of terrorism.
The work of popular scholarship covers the field of professional intelligence from the second-century BC to the 1990s, including assassinations, misinformation and subterfuge. One of the independent judges, Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute, commented:
“Although it is the culmination of a lifetime’s scholarship in intelligence studies, there is a mischievous humour in the writing with examples of plots, spies, devices, heists and chancers. At several points it made me laugh out loud. It runs from the Old Testament to Islamic State and Xi Jinping, encompassing 3000 years of recorded history: a magisterial survey of a major subject which has been sadly neglected.”
The award commemorates Airey Neave MP who was killed by a car bomb at the House of Commons car park in 1979, planted by the Irish National Liberation Army. It is sponsored by Pool Re, the UK’s terrorism reinsurer, which supports the insurance industry in covering losses from any terrorist attack, helping to bolster the country’s economic resilience. Pool Re also has its own in-house Terrorism Research and Analysis Centre to contribute to the understanding of this field. Its CEO, Julian Enoizi, presented the author with the £5,000 prize at a ceremony in Central London.
The prize winner, Christopher Andrew, is Professor Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University and Chair of the British Intelligence Study Group.
Publications details of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence can be found here.
The Airey Neave Trust was established in memory of Airey Neave, to further research and understanding in relation to Freedom under the Law, and also the analysis of terrorist violence and how best to respond to it.