A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true story of Kim Philby, the Cold War's most infamous spy, from the master espionage writer and author of The Spy and the Traitor.

Who was Kim Philby? Those closest to him—like his fellow MI6 officer and best friend since childhood, Nicholas Elliot, and the CIA’s head of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton—knew him as a loyal confidant and an unshakeable patriot. Philby was a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union. Together with Elliott and Angleton he stood on the front lines of the Cold War, holding Communism at bay. But he was secretly betraying them both: He was working for the Russians the entire time. 

Every word uttered in confidence to Philby by his colleagues in the West made its way to Moscow, leading countless missions to their doom and subverting American and British attempts to subdue the Soviet threat. So how was this cunning double-agent finally exposed? In A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre expertly weaves the heart-pounding tale of how Philby almost got away with it all—and what happened when he was finally unmasked.

Based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, this is Ben Macintyre’s epic telling of one of the greatest spy stories ever, a Cold War history that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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November 16, 2018
This is one of the best non-fiction reads I've ever read. It's written in the style of a novel and continues to propel you forward through the plot line. Nothing dry or boring here. Am moving on to read the other books by Macintyre.
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May 23, 2018
I was well into this book and loving it, and then MI5 and MI6 were described as "sister (sic) services." I ask, as I always do in these cases of blatant, double standard-bearing, anthropomorphic, gynocentric linguistic sexism: show me one vagina. Just one and I'll grant you the rest. Thought so. These organizations are without ANY sort of sexual organs; their pronoun is "it." One expects rather better from the hits constantly reminding the rest of us how they created the language ... oh wait, one doesn't expect such at all anymore from the hypocritical, largely irrelevant land of cuckdom that is present-day Little Britain. Fail.
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About the author

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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