A Spy Among Friends

A Spy Among Friends

Kim Philby's Great Betrayal

Book - 2014
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"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 every important 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."--book jacket.
The best-selling author of Operation Mincemeat presents a definitive portrait of the notorious 20th-century spy that discusses his rise in MI6, high-profile intelligence friendships and 20-year espionage operation that culminated in his 1963 defection to Moscow.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804136631
0804136637
9780804136648
Characteristics: xii, 368 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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Nov 06, 2014

Detailed explanation of current spy networks in cold war & human & money costs for all participants. When Reagan & Cheney intentionally outed CIA agent Valerie Plame's 20 years of running spies this book hints at how many hundreds of innocent people she interacted with were probably subjected to torture & murder. Philby's connections definitely were killed.

Sayford Sep 27, 2014

Ben Macintyre writes the best books about ww2,somewhere in his books, someone is inviting another for drinks at The Savoy bar, my kind of war...

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