A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal


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Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, ...

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Mar 22, 2018

English to a Fault

They'd forgive him most anything, because he was one of them: the genteel upper-- classes where drunkeness and eccentricity lead not to a suspicion of evil deceit, but to amused acceptance--a jovial turning away from what intelligent suspicion might reveal as a scandal. Macintyre's book is brilliantly observed and researched, and his narrative is propulsive. Kim Philby's betrayal of England had deadly consequences.
That he should have been found out on so many occasions but wasn't is almost unbelievable. Macintyre makes it believable.

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