A Spy Among Friends

Author: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408851741

Category: History

Page: 368

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A SUNDAY TIMES No. 1 BESTSELLER WITH AN AFTERWORD BY JOHN LE CARRÉ 'Riveting, astounding ... An unputdownable postwar thriller' Observer 'Irresistibly readable' Sunday Times 'Worthy of John le Carré at his best' Guardian 'Hugely engrossing ... Both authoritative and enthralling' William Boyd ________________ Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, charmer and traitor, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Philby, Nicholas Elliott and James Jesus Angleton were rising stars in the intelligence world and shared every secret. Elliott and Angleton thought they knew Philby better than anyone - and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience, of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed. With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen papers, A Spy Among Friends unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.

A Spy Among Friends

Author: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408851784

Category: Spies

Page: 368

View: 4846


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.

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

Author: Instaread Summaries

Publisher: Instaread Summaries

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 50

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this book: Chapter One At the age of twenty-two, Nicholas Elliott became a spy. Elliott’s father, Sir Claude Aurelius Elliott, Headmaster at Eton College, had powerful connections. When Elliott announced his desire to join the intelligence service, his father was able to arrange it for him. Elliott attended prep school at Durnford, where he endured horrific brutality, then to Eton and Cambridge. He neither worked hard nor excelled academically, but developed a close friendship with Basil Fisher whose death during the Battle of Britain had a devastating effect on him. In 1938, Elliott was invited to accompany Sir Nevile Bland, a senior diplomat, to The Hague, the seat of government in the Netherlands, to serve as his honorary attaché in the Foreign Office. This opportunity provided his first introduction into clandestine work, as well as exposure to Hitler. He left The Hague with the conviction that Hitler must be stopped and the best way to do this was to become a spy…

Über Freundschaft

Author: Alexander Nehamas

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423431938

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 1430


"Alle Güter dieser Erde wiegen einen Freund nicht auf." Voltaire Was ist Freundschaft eigentlich und was bedeutet sie für uns? Eine Frage, die im Zeitalter von Facebook und Co., wo zufällige virtuelle Bekannte schon "Freunde" genannt werden, besonders wichtig erscheint. Alexander Nehamas erläutert die Ideen klassischer und zeitgenössischer Philosophen, beleuchtet Beispiele aus Literatur, Theater, Kunst und Film und lässt immer wieder persönliche Erlebnisse und Erfahrungen aus seinen Freundschaften einfließen. Er zeigt, wie sich das Verständnis von Freundschaft im Laufe der Jahrhunderte gewandelt hat, privater und auch komplexer wurde. Doch eines ist gleich geblieben: Freundschaften sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Lebens und so individuell wie die daran Beteiligten.

Queen of Spies

Author: Paddy Hayes

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 0715650440

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9497


The only biography of Britain's celebrated female spy – now fully updated with previously classified materials. From being raised in a Tanzanian shack, to attaining MI6's most senior operational rank, Daphne Park led a highly unusual life. Drawing on first-hand accounts of intelligence workers close to agent Park, Hayes reveals how she rose in a male-dominated world to become Britain's Cold War spy master. With intimate, nail-biting details Queen of Spies captures both the paranoia and on-the-ground realities of intelligence work from the Second World War to the Cold War, and the life of Britain’s celebrated female spy.

The Happy Traitor

Author: Simon Kuper

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833986

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 9222


'A deeply human read, wonderfully written, on the foibles of a fascinating, flawed, treacherous and sort of likeable character.' Philippe Sands Those people who were betrayed were not innocent people. They were no better nor worse than I am. It's all part of the intelligence world. If the man who turned me in came to my house today, I'd invite him to sit down and have a cup of tea. George Blake was the last remaining Cold War spy. As a Senior Officer in the British Intelligence Service who was double agent for the Soviet Union, his actions had devastating consequences for Britain. Yet he was also one of the least known double agents, and remained unrepentant. In 1961, Blake was sentenced to forty-two years imprisonment for betraying to the KGB all of the Western operations in which he was involved, and the names of hundreds of British agents working behind the Iron Curtain. This was the longest sentence for espionage ever to have been handed down by a British court. On the surface, Blake was a charming, intelligent and engaging man, and most importantly, a seemingly committed patriot. Underneath, a ruthlessly efficient mole and key player in the infamous 'Berlin Tunnel' operation. This illuminating biography tracks Blake from humble beginnings as a teenage courier for the Dutch underground during the Second World War, to the sensational prison-break from Wormwood Scrubs that inspired Hitchcock to write screenplay. Through a combination of personal interviews, research and unique access to Stasi records, journalist Simon Kuper unravels who Blake truly was, what he was capable of, and why he did it.

Summary of a Spy Among Friends

Author: InstaRead Summaries Staff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781502379856

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Page: 56

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: * Overview of the entire book * Introduction to the important people in the book * Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book * Key Takeaways of the book * A Reader's Perspective Preview of this book: Chapter One At the age of twenty-two, Nicholas Elliott became a spy. Elliott's father, Sir Claude Aurelius Elliott, Headmaster at Eton College, had powerful connections. When Elliott announced his desire to join the intelligence service, his father was able to arrange it for him. Elliott attended prep school at Durnford, where he endured horrific brutality, then to Eton and Cambridge. He neither worked hard nor excelled academically, but developed a close friendship with Basil Fisher whose death during the Battle of Britain had a devastating effect on him. In 1938, Elliott was invited to accompany Sir Nevile Bland, a senior diplomat, to The Hague, the seat of government in the Netherlands, to serve as his honorary attaché in the Foreign Office. This opportunity provided his first introduction into clandestine work, as well as exposure to Hitler. He left The Hague with the conviction that Hitler must be stopped and the best way to do this was to become a spy...