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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, Large type / large print edition)

By Macintyre, Ben
Afterword by Le Carre, John

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre's most ambitious work to date offers a powerful new angle on a canonical 20th century 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 Philby had made another powerful friend in America: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton 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. 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.
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ISBN 9780804194495
Released NZ 15 Aug 2014
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
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ISBN-13 9780804194495
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Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House Large Print Publishing
Released 15 Aug 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
 › 2 other possible formats available
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Macintyre, Ben
Afterword by Le Carre, John
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
British & Irish History
Number of Pages 624
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 41mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 612g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade

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