The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives

Hardcover | April 10, 1999

byNigel West, Oleg Tsarev

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This lively account of Soviet foreign intelligence activity in Great Britain during the Cold War is based on documents newly released from the KGB archives, their "crown jewels", as the KGB unofficially called its most valuable assets. Written by Nigel West, called by the Sunday Times "the unofficial historian of the secret services" and Oleg Tsarev, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, The Crown Jewels provides much new information on the activities of all the well-known British pro-Soviet spies, including Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, and Anthony Blunt, as well as many lesser-known spymasters and recruiters, reproducing many of their reports for the first time.

The book adds unsuspected dimensions to the famous Cambridge ring (including details of Burgess's offer to murder his fellow conspirator Goronwy Rees). It also reveals a completely unknown Soviet network based in London and headed by a named Daily Herald journalist; describes the huge scale of Soviet penetration of the British Foreign Office from 1927 to 1951; explores a previously unknown spy ring in Oxford; and tells about the key role played by Blunt in supervising post-war Soviet espionage activities in London.

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Ever since the KGB archives were made public, all sorts of extremely curious information has been making the rounds. The archives are filled with spy secrets, relics from days of analogous security protocols and shady snooping. The Crown Jewels picks some of the finest, looking specifically at the secrets that the Soviets stole from th...

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This lively account of Soviet foreign intelligence activity in Great Britain during the Cold War is based on documents newly released from the KGB archives, their "crown jewels", as the KGB unofficially called its most valuable assets. Written by Nigel West, called by the Sunday Times "the unofficial historian of the secret services" a...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 10, 1999Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300078064

ISBN - 13:9780300078060

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Ever since the KGB archives were made public, all sorts of extremely curious information has been making the rounds. The archives are filled with spy secrets, relics from days of analogous security protocols and shady snooping. The Crown Jewels picks some of the finest, looking specifically at the secrets that the Soviets stole from the British. The book explains and details the remarkable scale of Russian penetration in British intelligence between 1927 and 1951, exploring the elaborate spy rings that helped move classified information across political lines.