A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal by Ben MacintyreA Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great Betrayal

byBen Macintyre

Hardcover | July 29, 2014

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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.
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.
Title:A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And The Great BetrayalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.54 × 6.5 × 1.35 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771055501

ISBN - 13:9780771055508


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting An engagingly written account in the astonishing double life of a well-known British spies and the damage he inflicted on the people and institutions he betrayed.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read.... Loved this....insightful look at the comings and goings of an English spy!!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insight into a double life This was a great biography that detailed more of the relationships or "friendships" of Philby and how those affected his decisions and next moves.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and detailed I give this book 5 stars because its well well written and easy to read and understand despite so many people being involved. Philby was a true believer in the Soviet Union but was never accepted by them once he defected. Poetic justice I suppose for a traitor of the worst kind.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating An interesting page turner in to the double life of an English gentleman spy. Great detail and personal details bringing a seemingly fictional story to life.
Date published: 2017-01-05
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

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