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.
©2014 Ben Macintyre (P)2014 Soundings
All of it. What more can one say!
The whole book!
All of them!
Recommend more like this, please!
"Retold with Gripping Narrative"
A true story, one most people are familiar with, but still the level of deceipt and national betrayal so very shocking. Brilliantly retold.
Superbly written and read. Well worth listening to. Captured the Cold War period and the personalities beautifully
A superb reader. He captures exactly the feeling of the time.
Great story, of course I love spy stories especially true ones.
It was a shame to finish it.
A fantastic retelling of the Philby story with special focus on his friendship with Elliot. The Cambridge spies narrative is pushed through fairly quickly but what follows is better still. Philby's betrayal is complete but the human element is emphasised here with the betrayal of his friends. You will certainly enjoy this if you have enjoyed the author's other works but I find it hard to think of anyone who would not love this. The
The superb narration completes a fine package. Highly recommended.
Best book I have listened too
And to think it's a true story just makes it more captivating.
"VERY VERY good historical recollection."
I remember the news stories from my youth. This account puts the meat on the bone.
The narration was excellent, couldn't stop listening, enjoyed many hours listening without a break.
"A real thriller - Thoughtful but Pacey."
As promised by the title, this book interprets the facts through the prism of friendship.
It is very easy to listen to but contains sufficient historical detail, so as to leave the reader informed but not overburdened with a list of dates and places. 5 stars.
"Fantastic, utterly enthralling."
Michael Tudor Barnes brought the book to life. Engaging reading, clear distinction between the book's characters and very hard to stop listening each night. MacIntyre's jounrey through the story of Philby, the infamous Cambridge 5 and the, to me at least, lesser known of Elliott, was engrossing. Enough fact to substantiate the unknown and speculation, and enough narrative to bring alive pre, peri and post cold war espionage operations.
I had little interest in cold war espionage prior to deciding upon this book, my interest was piqued very early in this book.
"Oxford marmalade and deadly spycraft."
A quintessential English tale wittily recounted.
The deadly game between spy and spy hunter played out with moments of terror and humour.
I really enjoyed this tale.
Michael Tudor Barnes has the perfect voice for this. It keeps the listener gripped throughout and is very detailed. I plan to listen to it again soon. Top marks!
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