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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. Juli 2014

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New York Times Bestseller

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Entertainment Weekly's Best Spy Book of 2014

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel. It reads like a story by Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, or John Le Carré, leavened with a dollop of P.G. Wodehouse...[Macintyre] takes a fresh look at the grandest espionage drama of our era.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

“Superb… Riveting reading.” –Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

“Macintyre does here what he does best — tell a heck of a good story. A Spy Among Friends is hands down the most entertaining book I’ve reviewed this year.” —Boston Globe

“Macintyre is a superb writer, with an eye for the telling detail as fine as any novelist’s…A Spy Among Friends is as suspenseful as any novel, too, as the clues tighten around Philby’s guilt.”—Dallas Morning News

“By now, the story of British double agent Harold ‘Kim’ Philby may be the most familiar spy yarn ever, fodder for whole libraries of histories, personal memoirs and novels. But Ben Macintyre manages to retell it in a way that makes Philby’s destructive genius fresh and horridly fascinating.”—David Ignatius, Washington Post

A Spy Among Friends is a rollicking book. Mr. Macintyre is full of pep and never falters in the headlong rush of his narrative.”—Wall Street Journal

“Vivid and fascinating...[Macintyre] succeeds admirably.”—Newsday

“A crisply written tale of a classic intelligence case that remains relevant more than 50 years later.”—USA Today

“Excellent...I was thoroughly engrossed in this book, beginning to end. It has all the suspense of a good spy novel, and its characters are a complex mix of charm, eccentricity, intelligence and wit. And it offers a great--and mostly troubling—insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of those we entrust with the most important of our political and military secrets.”—The Huffington Post

“Working with colorful characters and an anything-can-happen attitude, Macintyre builds up a picture of an intelligence community chock-full of intrigue and betrayal, in which Philby was the undisputed king of lies…Entertaining and lively, Macintyre’s account makes the best fictional thrillers seem tame.” —Publishers Weekly [starred]

“Gripping and as well-crafted as an episode of Smiley’s People, full of cynical inevitability, secrets, lashings of whiskey and corpses.” —Kirkus Reviews [starred]

“Ben Macintyre (Double Cross) offers a fresh look at master double agent Kim Philby…Fans of James Bond will enjoy this look into the era that inspired Ian Fleming's novels, but any suspense-loving student of human nature will be shocked and thrilled by this true narrative of deceit.”—Shelf Awareness [starred]

“Ben Macintyre has a knack for finding the most fascinating storylines in history. He has done it again, with this spellbinding tale of espionage, friendship, and betrayal. Written with an historian’s fidelity to fact and a novelist’s eye for character, A Spy Among Friends is one terrific book.” —David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
 
“Ben Macintyre is one of the most gifted espionage writers around. In A Spy Among Friends he weaves an absorbing tale of deceit and duplicity, of treason and betrayal. With exquisite detail and masterful control, Macintyre unveils the dark and treacherous interior worlds in which spies live.” —Annie Jacobsen, author of Area 51 and Operation Paperclip

“In this spellbinding account of friendship and betrayal, Ben Macintyre masterfully describes how the Cambridge-educated Kim Philby evaded justice by exploiting the incestuous snobbery of the British old-boy network, which refused to believe that one of its own could be a major Soviet spy. As riveting as Macintyre’s earlier books were, this searing portrait of Britain's ruling class is even better.” —Lynne Olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days
 
“Ben Macintyre has written a truly fabulous book about the "fabulous" Kim Philby—the suave, dedicated, and most intriguing spy of the entire Cold War era. Philby and his colorful Cambridge comrades are endlessly fascinating. But Macintyre tells the devastating story in an entirely new fashion, with new sources and an astonishing intimacy.”
 —Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames 

“I have seldom had a better read than A Spy Among Friends.  It reads like a thriller, a thriller of a peculiarly intricate and at times frightening sort, but you just can’t stop reading it.”  —Lady Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

“The Philby story has been told many times, but never with such sensitivity. Almost inadvertently, Ben Macintyre, a Times columnist, provides a devastating critique of the British class system and the disasters that result when people assume they know people… A Spy Among Friends is an extraordinary book about a sordid profession in which the most important attribute is the ability to lie…. Macintyre’s focus on friendship brings an intimacy to this book that is missing from the cardboard stereotypes that populate spy novels and conventional espionage histories…I’m not a lover of spy novels, yet I adored this book.”The Times of London
 
Macintyre writes with the diligence and insight of a journalist, and the panache of a born storyteller, concentrating on Philby's friendship with and betrayal of Elliott and of Angleton, his pathetically dedicated admirer at the top of the CIA. Macintyre's account of the verbal duel between Elliott and Philby in their final confrontation in Beirut in 1963 is worthy of John le Carré at his best.”The Guardian

“A Spy Among Friends, a classic spookfest, is also a brilliant reconciliation of history and entertainment…An unputdownable postwar thriller whose every incredible detail is fact not fiction…[a] spellbinding narrative…Part of the archetypal grip this story holds for the reader is as a case study in the existential truth that, in human relations, the Other is never really knowable. For both, the mask became indistinguishable from reality…A Spy Among Friends is not just an elegy, it is an unforgettable requiem.”The Observer
 
“Ben Macintyre’s bottomlessly fascinating new book is an exploration of Kim Philby’s friendships, particularly with Nicholas Elliott… Other books on Philby may have left one with a feeling of grudging respect, but A Spy Among Friends draws out his icy cold heart…This book consists of 300 pages; I would have been happy had it been three times as long.” –The Mail on Sunday 
 
“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... The book is all the more intriguing because it carries an afterward by John le Carré.” The New Statesman

“No one writes about deceit and subterfuge so dramatically, authoritatively or  perceptively [as Ben Macintyre]. To read A Spy Among Friends is a bit like climbing aboard a runaway train in terms of speed and excitementexcept that Macintyre knows exactly where he is going and is in total control of his material.”The Daily Mail
 
“Philby's story has been told many times beforeboth in biography and most notably in John le Carre's fictional masterpiece Tinker Tailor Soldier Spybut never in such exhaustive detail and with such panache as in Ben MacIntyre's brilliant, compulsive A Spy Among Friends… Reads like fiction, which is testament to the extraordinary power of the story itself but also to the skills of the storyteller…One of the best real-life spy stories one is ever likely to read.” –The Express
 
 “Ben Macintyre has written an engaging book on a tantalising and ultimately tragic subject. If it starts as a study of friendship, it ends as an indictment.”The Spectator

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

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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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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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Ben MacIntyre writes more than just a biography. It is an in-depth analysis as to why Philby became a Russian agent and his relationship to fellow spy Nicholas Elliot.

This book will miss the mark for most spy fiction readers. However it is excellent for those that are interested in the real thing.
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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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wie lobe ich ein Buch, in dem so viele Leben so gruselig beendet wurden?

alle Wörter, die ich normalerweise benutzen würde für ein Buch, das mich gefangen hielt bis zur letzten Bemerkung, sind irgendwie unpassend.

Doch vielleicht kann ich einfach sagen, daß ich mir nach diesem ersten MacIntyre-Buch all die anderen auch gönnen werde, einige vielleicht als Hörbücher von Audible, auf jeden Fall mehr mehr mehr.

Also nicht nur ein Buch, das einen Ehrenplatz im Kindle kriegt (neben Hugh Small's Crimean War), sondern eins das - wie Hugh Small's - für lange lange Zeit an mir nagen wird, daß es doch schön wäre, es richtig zum Anfassen im Regal zu haben, sozusagen als Souvenir, zur Erinnerung an in guter Gesellschaft (MacIntrye's) verbrachte Zeit. Es tut gut, all den Wahnsinn von jemandem erzählt zu bekommen, der schreibt als sei er nüchternen Verstands

PS:
eine Frage blieb mir, die MacIntyre nicht beantwortet: wenn Elliott's boss ihm sagt, er solle Philby in Beirut wie einen Gentleman behandeln, ist das dann nicht ein unmißverständlicher Befehl, ihm Spielraum zum Abhauen zu geben? Da wo ich mein Brot verdiente, gab es durchaus solche unmißverständlichen blütenweißen Befehle.
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