A Spy Among Friends

A Spy Among Friends From Sunday Times No 1 Bestselling Author Ben Macintyre, The True Untold Story Of History S Most Famous Traitor.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.With Access To Newly Released MI5 Files And Previously Unseen Family Papers, And With The Cooperation Of Former Officers Of MI6 And The CIA, This Definitive Biography Unlocks What Is Perhaps The Last Great Secret Of The Cold War. Like so many students, Philby confused communism with a great levelling, an equality among men So when recruited at 18 by MI6, he sees it as his opportunity to give Russia a helping hand To be a spy in Britain at that time, you had to be from a certain background, with the essential confidence of being at the top of the social tree This is what enabled him to get away with, quite literally, murder, for years One doesn t question one s friends does one They are all such decent chaps Like fu Like so many students, Philby confused communism with a great levelling, an equality among men So when recrui
Deceit, disinformation, dissembling, deaths, doubts, dismay, discovery, debriefing, defection, disbelief.Definitely dazzling What a fascinating subject This was the first book I ve read about a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring, and it was so interesting I plan to readKim Philby worked for British intelligence, but he was secretly sending information to Russia He defected to the Soviet Union in 1963 Fun fact Philby s betrayal inspired some of the novels by John Le Carr In this book, Macintyre focuses on Philby s longtime friendship with another British intelligence officer, Nicholas Elliott We learn What a fascinating subject This was the first book I ve read about a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring, and it was so interesting I plan to readKim Philby worked for British intelligence, but he was secretly sending information to Russia He defected to the Soviet Union in 1963 Fun fact Philby s betrayal inspired some of the novels by John Le Carr In this book, Macintyre focuses on Philby s longtime friendship with another British intelligence officer, Nicholas Elliott We learn about both of their lives and their spy work, and we see how many times Philby was close to being discovered One of the themes in the book is that the class system
How amused and flattered the infamous British traitor Kim Philby would be to discover he is again the subject of fascinated scrutiny in his home country and in America fifty years after his defection to Moscow Ben MacIntyre has managed to reignite interest in Philby by presenting the most rounded and detailed picture yet of this uniquely talented and duplicitous man with the use of newly declassified material from MI6 files Kim Philby rose within the ranks of British Intelligence and gave secr How amused and flattered the infamous British traitor Kim Philby would be to discover he is again the subject of fascinated scrutiny in his home country and in America fifty years after his defection to Moscow Ben MacIntyre has managed to reignite interest in Philby by presenting the most rounded and detailed picture yet of this uniquely talented and duplicitous man with the use of newly declassified material from MI6 files Kim Philby rose within the ranks of British Intelligence and gave secrets to the Soviets during WWII and at the beginning of the Cold War The outwardly charming diplomat was responsible for the deaths of possibly hundreds of covert agents working in British interests The especial charm he radiated may have come from his flashes of insecurity beneath his debonair exterior, the unpredictable stammer his intellectual curiosity and his old world manners Yuri Modin But
I wasn t even half way into this book when I knew it was going to be a 5 star read The author s fluid writing style could make a book about house cleaning compelling The story of the Cambridge old school ties group of brilliant and charming young men who were the shining lights of British Intelligence during the Cold War is in a word.fantastic They were led by Kim Philby who rose to head Britain s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union when in fact he and they were deeply imbedded I wasn t even half way into this book when I knew it was going to be a 5 star read The author s fluid writing style could make a book about house cleaning compelling The story of the Cambridge old school ties group of brilliant and charming young men who were the shining lights of British Intelligence during the Cold War is in a word.fantastic They were led by Kim Philby who rose to head Britain s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union when in fact he and they were deeply imbedded agents of the USSR The book concentrates solely on Philby with some mention of the other men involved.The world of counter intelligence is somewhat like a club of very special people or a family who share all their secrets over drinks and long dinners Various operations and missions were topics of conversation that they mistakenly supposed would stay secret Everyone trusted each other and Kim Phil
For Americans, the name Benedict Arnold is synonymous with traitor Arnold was an officer in the Continental Army with a distinguished combat record during the American War of Independence who later changed sides and fought with the British Taken in the larger context of the Cold War, the same can be said for Harold Adrian Russell Philby aka Kim Philby Philby was one of those men of Britain s interwar generation hailing from a privileged class who, upon graduating from Oxford or Cambridg For Americans, the name Benedict Arnold is synonymous with traitor Arnold was an officer in the Continental Army with a distinguished combat record during the American War of Independence who later changed sides and fought with the British Taken in the larger context of the Cold War, the same can be said for Harold Adrian Russell Philby aka Kim Philby Philby was one of those men of Britain s interwar generation hailing from a privileged class who, upon graduating from Oxford o
for ain depth look at what I think about this book, feel free to journey on over to the nonfiction section of my online reading journal I ll post my review of this book here because LibraryThing and the publishers sent me this edition, but I have to make a sort of embarrassing confession I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher, but couldn t get started on it right away so I set it aside to be picked up later When I was ready to read it, which was
I read A Spy Amongst Friends by Ben Macintyre all the way through to the last page of the bibliography Actually, I read the two pages after that It s what you do when you can t bear for the story to end And I already knew the end of this story, but I knew just enough to not know much at all Really excellent book Writing non fiction which hasdazzle and suspense than any novel is a gift To do it over
I was thoroughly engrossed in this book, beginning to end It provided insight into the behind the scenes working of those we entrust with our most important political and military secrets Harold Kim Philby 1912 1988 during the 1940 s and 50 s was an officer in the U.K secret intelligence service MI6 All the time he was spying for the Soviet Union remitting many damaging Anglo American secrets to Moscow Hundreds died because of his treachery.Ben Macintyre tells the story of Kim Philby I was thoroughly engrossed in this book, beginning to end It provided insight into the behind the scenes working of those we entrust with our most important political and military secrets Harold Kim Philby 1912 1988 during the 1940 s and 50 s was an officer in the U.K secret intelligence service MI6 All the time he was spying for the Soviet Union remitting many damaging Anglo American secrets to Moscow Hundreds died because of his treachery.Ben Macintyre tells the story of Kim Philby
I have read several of Ben Macintyre s books recently and have become convinced he is the go to author on all things related to the history of British Intelligence and Special Operations In this narrative he tells the story of one of if not the highest Soviet double agent in MI6 s history, Kim Philby.The author traces Philby s career from his initial political dissatisfaction of the British upper crust life while a student at Cambridge University through to his defection in 1963 He along with I have read several of Ben Macintyre s books recently and have become convinced he is the go to author on all things related to the history of British Intelligence and Special Operations In this narrative he tells the story of one of if not the highest Soviet double agent in MI6 s history, Kim Philby.The author traces Philby s career from his initial political dissatisfaction of the British upper crust life while a student at Cambridge University through to his defection in 1963 He along with several of his friends, including Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and Donald MacLean known as the Cambridge Five, are recruited by the Soviets while students at Cambridge in the 1930s He subsequently joins British Intelligence MI6 before WW II and spend