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, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.
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A superb reader. He captures exactly the feeling of the time.
Great story, of course I love spy stories especially true ones.
It was a shame to finish it.
A fantastic retelling of the Philby story with special focus on his friendship with Elliot. The Cambridge spies narrative is pushed through fairly quickly but what follows is better still. Philby's betrayal is complete but the human element is emphasised here with the betrayal of his friends. You will certainly enjoy this if you have enjoyed the author's other works but I find it hard to think of anyone who would not love this. The
The superb narration completes a fine package. Highly recommended.
Love Ben Macintyre books. This was read beautifully, and worked well on audio (wasn't sure if it would or not). Fascinating slice of spy history, with author's ability to weave drama into the more sketchy bits. Brilliant. Off to find another to listen to
I remember the news stories from my youth. This account puts the meat on the bone.
The narration was excellent, couldn't stop listening, enjoyed many hours listening without a break.
As promised by the title, this book interprets the facts through the prism of friendship.
It is very easy to listen to but contains sufficient historical detail, so as to leave the reader informed but not overburdened with a list of dates and places. 5 stars.
Michael Tudor Barnes brought the book to life. Engaging reading, clear distinction between the book's characters and very hard to stop listening each night. MacIntyre's jounrey through the story of Philby, the infamous Cambridge 5 and the, to me at least, lesser known of Elliott, was engrossing. Enough fact to substantiate the unknown and speculation, and enough narrative to bring alive pre, peri and post cold war espionage operations.
I had little interest in cold war espionage prior to deciding upon this book, my interest was piqued very early in this book.
All of it. What more can one say!
The whole book!
All of them!
Recommend more like this, please!
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