A Spy Named Orphan : The Enigma of Donald Maclean
by Roland Philipps
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Donald Maclean was a star diplomat, an institution of insiders and a keeper of some of the West’s greatest secretsHe was also a Russian spy, driven by passion beliefs, whose betrayal and defection of Moscow vibrated for decadesNamed “Orphans” by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was the perfect spy and Britain’s most gifted traitorBut as he sank huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking the operation was quickly closed on himMoments before he was unmasked, Maclean disappeared.Building on a wealth of already classified material, Roland Philipps tells this story for the first time in its entiretyIt unravels Maclean’s magazine, of character and contradictions: a childhood that was both liberal and austere; Cambridge’s education mixed Communist circles; polite diplomat with a tendency to the savage debauched; a marriage complicated by secrets, an accelerated increase by the’Office des Étrangers’ and, above all, a gift for deceptionTaking us back to the golden age of espionage, An Orphaned Spy reveals the impact of one of the most dangerous and enigmatic Soviet agents of the twentieth century, whose actions increased the tensions of the Cold War
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