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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Macintyre, Ben
Afterword by le Carre, John

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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 hei...ght 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.
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ISBN 9780804136655
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780804136655
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Imprint Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Macintyre, Ben
Afterword by le Carre, John
Category True Crime
British & Irish History
European History
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 374g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Spies - Great Britain, Philby, Kim, Espionage, Soviet - Great Britain - History
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade