By Ben Macintyre
Kim Philby was once the best undercover agent in historical past, an excellent and fascinating guy who rose to go Britain’s counterintelligence opposed to the Soviet Union through the top of the chilly War—while he was once secretly operating for the enemy. and no-one inspiration he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s ally and fellow officer in MI6. the 2 males had long gone to a similar colleges, belonged to a similar specific golf equipment, grown shut during the crucible of wartime intelligence paintings and lengthy nights of drink and revelry. It used to be insanity for one to imagine the opposite could be a communist secret agent, bent on subverting Western values and the ability of the unfastened world.
But Philby was once secretly betraying his good friend. each note Elliott breathed to Philby was once transmitted again to Moscow—and not only Elliott’s phrases, for in the United States, Philby had made one other strong buddy: James Jesus Angleton, the artful, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink nearly every important Anglo-American undercover agent operation for 20 years, best numerous operatives to their doom. at the same time the internet of suspicion closed round him, and Philby was once pushed to larger lies to guard his hide, his buddies by no means deserted him—until it used to be too overdue. the beautiful fact of his betrayal could have devastating outcomes at the males who concept they knew him most sensible, and at the intelligence companies he left crippled in his wake.
Told with heart-pounding suspense and prepared mental perception, and in line with own papers and never-before-seen British intelligence documents, A secret agent between Friends is Ben Macintyre’s top e-book but, a high-water mark in chilly battle historical past telling.
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