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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
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Ben Macintyre John Le Carre
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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

Ben Macintyre John Le Carre


Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Biography: historical, political & military;


368 pages

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Master storyteller Ben Macintyre s most ambitious work to date brings to life thetwentieth century s greatest spy story. Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow and not just Elliott s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost everyimportant Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake. Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling. From the Hardcover edition.

By:   Ben Macintyre
Afterword by:   John Le Carre
Imprint:   Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 243mm,  Width: 167mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   667g
ISBN:   9780804136631
ISBN 10:   0804136637
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   July 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel. It reads like a story by Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, or John Le Carre, leavened with a dollop of P.G. Wodehouse...[Macintyre] takes a fresh look at the grandest espionage drama of our era. --Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review Macintyre does here what he does best -- tell a heck of a good story. A Spy Among Friends is hands down the most entertaining book I've reviewed this year. -- Boston Globe Macintyre is a superb writer, with an eye for the telling detail as fine as any novelist's... A Spy Among Friends is as suspenseful as any novel, too, as the clues tighten around Philby's guilt. -- Dallas Morning News By now, the story of British double agent Harold 'Kim' Philby may be the most familiar spy yarn ever, fodder for whole libraries of histories, personal memoirs and novels. But Ben Macintyre manages to retell it in a way that makes Philby's destructive genius fresh and horridly fascinating. --David Ignatius, Washington Post A Spy Among Friends is a rollicking book. Mr. Macintyre is full of pep and never falters in the headlong rush of his narrative. -- Wall Street Journal Vivid and fascinating...[Macintyre] succeeds admirably. -- Newsday A crisply written tale of a classic intelligence case that remains relevant more than 50 years later. -- USA Today Excellent...I was thoroughly engrossed in this book, beginning to end. It has all the suspense of a good spy novel, and its characters are a complex mix of charm, eccentricity, intelligence and wit. And it offers a great--and mostly troubling--insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of those we entrust with the most important of our political and military secrets. -- The Huffingt

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