A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal

by Ben Macintyre

McClelland & Stewart | July 29, 2014 | Hardcover

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Master storyteller Ben Macintyre''s most ambitious work to date presents the definitive telling of the most legendary spy story of the 20th century. 
     
   A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre''s thrillingly ambitious new book, tackles the greatest spy story of all: the rise and fall of Kim Philby, MI6''s Cambridge-bred golden boy who used his perch high in the intelligence world to betray friend and country to the Soviet Union for over two decades. In Macintyre''s telling, Philby''s story is not a tale of one spy, but of three: the story of his complex friendships with fellow Englishman operative Nicholas Elliott and with the American James Jesus Angleton, who became one of the most powerful men in the CIA. These men came up together, shared the same background, went to the same schools and clubs, and served the same cause--or so Elliott and Angleton thought. In reality, Philby was channeling all of their confidences directly to his Soviet handlers, sinking almost every great Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies and obfuscations to protect his secret, Angleton and Elliott never abandoned him. When Philby''s true master was finally revealed with his defection to Moscow in 1963, it would have profound and devastating consequences on these men who thought they knew him best, and the intelligence services they helped to build.

     This remarkable story, told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, is Ben Macintyre''s best book yet, and a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.54 × 6.5 × 1.35 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771055501

ISBN - 13: 9780771055508

Found in: History

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Possibly the most fun book so far this year By which, I don't mean the best, or the most starred, but the most enjoyable as a reading experience. It's more than a Cold War derring-do adventure story. Which it is. It's an oblique look at the British class system, old boy network, and their celebration of the gentleman amateur. Things would never (I hope!) be run this way today. But back then, an incredible traitor could serve Crown and Communism with panache and charm. And when unmasked, he could make the most improbable return to service. Whole generations of the English (including my parents) instantly recognize Kim Philby's name. A Spy Among Friends ensures that new generations also will know it and, perhaps, will know a little more about him and the system that created and sheltered him.
Date published: 2014-06-17

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal

by Ben Macintyre

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.54 × 6.5 × 1.35 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771055501

ISBN - 13: 9780771055508

From the Publisher

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre''s most ambitious work to date presents the definitive telling of the most legendary spy story of the 20th century. 
     
   A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre''s thrillingly ambitious new book, tackles the greatest spy story of all: the rise and fall of Kim Philby, MI6''s Cambridge-bred golden boy who used his perch high in the intelligence world to betray friend and country to the Soviet Union for over two decades. In Macintyre''s telling, Philby''s story is not a tale of one spy, but of three: the story of his complex friendships with fellow Englishman operative Nicholas Elliott and with the American James Jesus Angleton, who became one of the most powerful men in the CIA. These men came up together, shared the same background, went to the same schools and clubs, and served the same cause--or so Elliott and Angleton thought. In reality, Philby was channeling all of their confidences directly to his Soviet handlers, sinking almost every great Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies and obfuscations to protect his secret, Angleton and Elliott never abandoned him. When Philby''s true master was finally revealed with his defection to Moscow in 1963, it would have profound and devastating consequences on these men who thought they knew him best, and the intelligence services they helped to build.

     This remarkable story, told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, is Ben Macintyre''s best book yet, and a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Double Cross:
 • "It should be said loud and clear that Macintyre is a supremely gifted storyteller." -- Boston Globe
 • "Macintyre at once exalts and subverts the myths of spycraft, and has a keen eye for absurdity." -- New Yorker
 • "Superb. . . . the story comes alive again in all its stupendous, unimaginable duplicity. . . . Intensely readable." -- Washington Post
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