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The Resource A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal, Ben Macintyre

A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal, Ben Macintyre

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A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal
Title
A spy among friends
Title remainder
Kim Philby and the great betrayal
Statement of responsibility
Ben Macintyre
Title variation
spy among friends
Title variation remainder
Kim Philbys great betrayal
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 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 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."--book jacket
Summary
The revelation in 1963 that British MI6 agent Kim Philby had betrayed Britain to the Soviets for decades rocked the Western intelligence community. In A Spy Among Friends, acclaimed journalist Ben Macintyre portrays Philby's extensive career and analyzes both his motives for selling out his country and why his treason went undetected for so long. This fascinating account delves into the gentlemen's club that was MI6 at the time Philby worked there -- upper-crust acceptance of a man who was "one of us" protected Philby from exposure. Anyone interested in Cold War history or the annals of spycraft will find Macintyre's account both riveting and chilling. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Tone
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Award
  • Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10317269
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DLC
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1963-
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Macintyre, Ben
Dewey number
  • 327.1247041092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Philby, Kim
  • Spies
  • Espionage, Soviet
  • Philby, Kim
  • Espionage, Soviet
  • Spies
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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Kim Philby's great betrayal
Label
A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal, Ben Macintyre
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn862794085
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xii, 368 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780804136631
Lccn
2014003296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)862794085
Label
A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal, Ben Macintyre
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn862794085
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xii, 368 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780804136631
Lccn
2014003296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)862794085

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