A Spy Among Friends: Philby and the Great Betrayal
Publish date: 2015-03-12
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Edition language: English
Still as riveting as everything else Macintyre writes, but this book is definitely less fun than ZigZag or Double Cross. In fact, it's downright depressing. And how could it be otherwise? At its heart, this book is about a terrible, immeasurably costly betrayal. While the book describes the life of ...
The rise of Kim Philby, through the ranks of the British spy system over three decades, without anyone ever realizing that he was a double agent working for the Soviets, could not have been possible without the consummate loyalty of his close associates and friends. A mastermind who brought death an...
I really liked Macintyre’s Double Cross a few years ago, and this one about Kim Philby and his relationships with his fellow spies sounded intriguing. There wasn’t the innate interest that WWII holds for me, but Macintyre is a compelling writer and I ended up liking it a lot.
Around the time World War II began, two young men joined one of England's most exclusive clubs, the intelligence service now known as MI6. The two had similar backgrounds: tony prep schools and Cambridge, where they became friends, and forebears who had served the British Empire. In other words, bot...
I got this book from the First Reads program (an ARC), and I'll admit that, though it means that I've been living under a rock, I was unfamiliar with this story before I read the book. The author's introduction tries to delineate between this book about Kim Philby and all the others that come befor...
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