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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal [Kindle Edition]

Ben Macintyre
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An engaging book on a tantalising and ultimately tragic subject, If it starts as a study of friendship, it ends as an indictment Philip Hensher, Spectator No one writes about deceit and subterfuge so dramatically, authoritatively or perceptively. To read A Spy Among Friends is a bit like climbing aboard a runaway train in terms of speed and excitement - except that Macintyre knows exactly where he is going and is in total control of his material Daily Mail, Books of the Week It reads like fiction, which is testament to the extraordinary power of the story itself but also to the skills of the storyteller ... at least as compelling as any of the great fictionalised accounts of Britain's greatest traitor and one of the best real-life spy stories one is ever likely to read ***** Daily Express Illuminating, gripping and moving ... What Macintyre reveals - but not too quickly - is the extent to which those who confided in him, as friends or colleagues or both, were made unwitting accessories to treason Evening Standard Thrilling ... An extraordinary book ... I'm not a lover of spy novels, yet I adored this book. Fictional spies never seem believable to me; novels are populated by stereotypes devoid of nuances that define the individual. That's not the case here. Macintyre's strength is his capacity for intimacy, the very thing Philby, Elliott and Angleton lacked ... Just about perfect The Times Book of the Week Whereas Milne thinks his friend betrayed his country because he genuinely believed in communism, Macintyre's explanation is more intriguing and more convincing Sunday Times Riveting reading ... The transcript of this rendezvous is Ben Macintyre's scoop: the motor of an unputdownable postwar thriller whose every incredible detail is fact not fiction ... A brilliant reconciliation of history and entertainment ... A Spy Among Friends is not just an elegy, it is an unforgettable requiem Observer Gripping ... Ben Macintyre's bottomlessly fascinating new book is an exploration of Kim Philby's friendships, particularly with Nicholas Elliott ... This book consists of 300 pages; I would have been happy had it been three times as long ***** Mail on Sunday The life of Cambridge spy Kim Philby is analysed in this irresistibly readable study Sunday Times Swiftly paced, beautifully written ... It is the small, human details that makes this grim, beguiling story so intoxicating Scotland on Sunday A hugely engrossing contribution to Philby lore ... Such a summary does no justice to Macintyre's marvellously shrewd and detailed account of Philby's nefarious career. It is both authoritative and enthralling ... One of the pleasures of writing about espionage is that you are almost licensed to concoct your own conspiracy theories; all that's demanded is plausibility, and Elliott and Macintyre's gloss on events is highly plausible William Boyd, New Statesman He does not let his readers down here ... The story has been told before, but Macintyre's ability to unbundle intelligence acronyms is unrivalled ... He has thrown a detailed and always entertaining light on the practices and culture of the 20th-century British intelligence through the lens of its most ignominious episode Sunday Telegraph Engaging and atmospheric Country Life Macintyre writes with the diligence and insight of a journalist, and the panache of a born storyteller ... Worthy of John le Carre at his best John Banville, Guardian Fascinating ... The real tragedy, as this book so masterfully reveals, is that Philby's charm and easy manner made fools of so many ***** Sunday Express The doomed relationship between Philby and Elliott makes this old tale of treason seem new enough Economist Riveting and tragic. I read Macintyre's book in one sitting, and found it impossible to put down Lord Faulkner of Worcester, House Magazine A book I could give to anybody Observer The consistently readable Ben Macintyre shines a penetrating light on the friendship between Kim Philby, one of the most notorious traitors in British history, and fellow MI6 spy Nicholas Elliott Sunday Express Summer Reading No one writes so well on subterfuge and deceit as Macintyre Mail on Sunday Summer Reads A rollicking book. Mr Macintyre is full of pep and never falters in the head-long rush of his narrative Richard Davenport-Hines, Wall Street Journal Europe An extraordinary book ... The focus on friendship brings an intimacy here that is missing from the cardboard stereotypes that populate conventional espionage histories and spy novels The Times There is nobody to beat Ben Macintyre for a knowledge of espionage ... A Spy Among Friends is, like all of Macintyre's work, a real gem Alexander McCall Smith, Sainsbury's Magazine The vicarious experience of the seedy, hard-drinking glamour of old-school espionage is thrilling Zoe Strachan, Sunday Herald Books of the Year An unputdownable thriller, and the impeccably researched truth Nicholas Hytner, Observer Books of the Year Terrific ... Macintyre's gift is to write well-researched non-fiction as though it was popular fiction, and here he excels himself with an almost unbelievable tale of establishment complacency and incompetence Ian Hislop, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year One of the peculiar pleasures involved in reading a biography of Kim Philby is that of spying on the spy ... A Spy Among Friends manages to convey Philby's satanic charm Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year This account of the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole reads like John le Carre but is a solidly researched true story New York Times 100 Notable Books Of 2014 Macintyre is a gifted storyteller Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express Books of the Year Hard to put down ... A great book that lives up to the reputation it has acquired Robert Lambourne, Times Higher Education Supplement Conscious that Philby's story has been told many times before, Macintyre tries to find a new angle by interweaving it with that of Nicholas Elliott, probably Philby's closest friend in MI6. This has the merit of creating a rare sense of momentum, as we build towards their final confrontation in Beirut Sunday Times


Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians 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 CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.

With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.


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The story of Kim Philby, the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history, has been told many times before and has appalled and fascinated his compatriots for over half a century. His life and career have been aptly analyzed by Phillip Knightley and Anthony Cave Brown. We have Philby's more or less fictionalized autobiography in a slender tome with a foreword by his old friend Graham Greene, as well as the stories written by two of his four wives.

As the British government is still keeping a large part of the Philby material under wraps, Macintyre had to rehash a mostly familiar story. He gives it a new twist as he takes on the related tribal loyalties of a social class on the fraying fringe of Britain's aristocracy and focuses on the social ties that British and American intelligence during and following World War II had in common. Particularly, the author focuses on Philby's close friendships with two men. One was Nicholas Elliott another product of the public school system, Cambridge-educated spy and MI6 agent who trusted Philby to the end, the other was Yale-educated James Jesus Angleton who first met Philby during his training in London during the Blitz and later rose to the head of counterintelligence at the CIA. These were the men who not only became Philby's most important contacts in the secretive world of intelligence, they were his best friends in the intelligence community and believed they knew him, until they discovered they had been betrayed.

Harold Adrian Russell Philby (1912-1988) had already been recruited and signed up by the KGB predecessor NKVD in 1934 while still at Cambridge.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing New Under the Sun of Beyrouth 31. Dezember 2014
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Mr Macintyre is a great popularizer of Secret Service matters in Britain during and after WW 2 as he makes the intricacies of trade digestible to us, the common man.His insight into the workings of war intelligende, sabotage and betrayal is fabulous. His character assessment of the dramatis personae is enlightening and his knowledge of the ambiente is stupendous.One might call him the John LeCarré of relity rather than fiction. And yet, I don't find him a master writer. His style his too pedestrian for my taste. Thus, only four stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Geschenk - Volltreffer 2. August 2014
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mein Mann hat sich erst etwas durchkämpfen müssen, aber nun- ist er total begeistert, schaut viel nach im Internet über die Ereignisse damals und ist richtig beschäftigt mit dem Buch. Es ist zwar eine Biographie- aber wie ein Thriller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Spy among Friends 21. Mai 2014
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Eine sehr detaiillierte Beschreibung des Jahrzehnte andauernden Verrats von Kim Philby. Sehr lesenswert. Das Buch enthält ein Kapitel zu der Flucht von Philby in Beirut. Er ist getäuscht worden, hat das aber erst in Moskau gemerkt.
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