A Spy Among Friends : Philby and the Great Betrayal
by Ben Macintyre
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Kim Philby was the most famous British Soviet defector and mole in historyAgent, double agent, traitor and enigma agent, he betrayed all the secrets of Allied-Russian operations 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 head of CIA intelligence, thought they knew Philby better than anyone else, and then discovered that they hadn’t known him at all.It is a story of intimacy, duplicity; of loyalty, trust and betrayal, class and conscience; of an ideological battle led by men with a glass cutter accents and well made costumes in the comfort of clubs and restaurants in London and Washington; male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.With access to newly released MI5 files and unpublished family documents, and with the collaboration of former MI6 and CIA agents, this definitive biography unlocks what may be the last great secret of the Cold War.
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