In the hands of Ben Macintyre, I think any story would be interesting, but this was so outstanding it was as if I had heard nothing about Kim Philby before. Aided by John Lee's perfect narration and the seal of approval from John le Carre, this book takes you into the private world of Kim Philby, as much as any book can, with wonderful results. Ben Macintyre is a terrific writer, conveying the subtleties of the British secret service in that time period, as well as the very real damage Philby's subterfuge brought on those both close to him and afar. Best book I've read for awhile!
This book delivered beyond expectations. When we finally ended up with Eldridge Cleaver in Algeria and he turned out to be as human and avaricious as those he fought against (who knew?) I was utterly delighted. As an older baby boomer, I'm ready for more books that peek into those times, without the rose coloured glasses! It's also an enjoyable study of individuals and the times, with connections to our present time as well.