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Book Title: A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal|
The author of the book: Ben Macintyre
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.46 MB
Date of issue: July 29th 2014
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Read full description of the books A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal: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.
Read information about the authorBen Macintyre is an author, historian and columnist writing for The Times newspaper. His columns range from current affairs to historical controversies.
In July 2006, Macintyre wrote an article in The Times entitled "How wiki-wiki can get sticky", criticising the limitations of Wikipedia. He cited the self-regulation system as inadequate when literally "anyone" could add supposed "facts" to Wikipedia, despite the fact that they could be "nutters."
However, he also clearly states that whilst Wikipedia "should always be taken with a pinch of salt", these problems ought to disappear as more people "contribute and revise" articles, putting a positive slant on the project.
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