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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (edição: 2015)

de Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Posfácio)

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"Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow - and not just Elliott's words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott's unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him - until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake."--book jacket.… (mais)
Membro:JamesBanzer
Título:A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Autores:Ben Macintyre
Outros autores:John Le Carre (Posfácio)
Informação:Broadway Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
Coleções:Untitled collection
Avaliação:*****
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Ben Macintyre is a great storyteller, but to be fair, this is a great story just waiting to be told.

Kim Philby is certainly a contender for the title of ‘most successful spy of all time’. Recruited to the Soviet cause while at Cambridge in the 1930s, recruited to the British secret service at the beginning of the Second World War, he went on to lead its counter-espionage operations for years — while serving as a Soviet spy. His loyalties were never in doubt: Philby believed in and served the Stalinist cause until he died in Moscow just as the Soviet system began to collapse.

Macintyre chooses to focus his story on the role of friendship, for Philby was a great friend to many and valued friendship above almost everything else. But he also betrayed those friends (including his wives). Those friends, including almost the entire senior leadership of MI6, took years to accept the fact of his betrayal. He could not have been a traitor, they believed, because he was “one of us”.

Highly recommended. ( )
  ericlee | Jul 14, 2021 |
This book is hard to classify: it is a biography of perhaps the most famous traitor of the modern era, but is written as a series of anecdotes compiled by author Ben Macintyre. To a large extent, the book portrays Kim Philby as a suave, gregarious member of the Old Boy network, taking advantage of his closest friends, especially Nicholas Elliot and James Angleton. In my opinion, there were too many characters, perhaps a tool to deflect attention from the lack of verifiable facts and conversations, such as Philby's admission of guilt to Elliot. There was precious little about Philby's family relationships, especially with wives and his children, and a very weird episode his devastation upon the death of his pet fox, when he seemed to care so little about people. Politics over friends and family. The most interesting analysis was whether or not Philby was encouraged to defect to avoid political embarrassment in the UK and US. Finally, I have never come across the word "bibulous" before, but it was used excessively, but probably aptly in describing the espionage community. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
An Abandoned read ~ Ben Macintyre

Yeah, I know. Sad isn't it, when someone doesn't finish a Ben Macintyre? He's such a good historian, meticulously researching his topic, citing the sources. And best of all, Macintyre is so readable, a great writer.

Kim Philby was quite the topic with the adults around our dinner table when I was a kid. In the 1950's, wartime experience was still very fresh for my parents. Much discussion was bounced around at dinner parties and afternoon drinks gatherings. "Us kids" were always fascinated, listening in on this adult conversation,

When I started reading 1960's spy novels, I found the references to Philby a bit obscure, so I read some early accounts. When Anthony Blunt was disgraced by Thatcher 'outing' him, even more accounts of the Cambridge Five appeared.

These preface remarks are by way of saying, yes, I did know what I was getting into by reading A Spy Among Friends. What I hadn't realised was that Macintyre's writing would paint such an evocative picture of the day. This was a Britain where "I knew his people" (Valentine Vivian, deputy chief, MI6) sufficed to lift the veil of suspicion from Philby. I was repeatedly devastated by the evident lack of unbiased, critical evaluation which led to so many disastrous intelligence operations. By the close of Chapter 16, I laid the book aside. Maybe I'll read it further some year. Maybe other books will call to me instead. Maybe the pandemic will go away and I'll not feel so easily overcome. Maybe Hell will freeze over. Whatever, let me say: Macintyre is one splendid author! ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | May 4, 2021 |
Interessante! Contém muita informação sobre o Five of Cambridge, particularmente sobre Kim Phiby e revela com pormenor os eventos e as acções dos principais intervenientes. Recorre sobretudo a fontes abertas, principalmente livros, artigos, entrevistas e comentários dos principais actores, o que pode indizir em erro em virtude em virtude de uma visão adaptada aos interesses dos seus autores. É certo que o autor teve o cuidado de apresentar opiniões contraditórias, sempre que era o caso e tirar as sua próprias conclusões. As fontes oficiais devem ainda permanecer inacessíveis, apesar do autor revelar algum conhecimento dela. Aqui e ali há alguma especulação em benefício da coerência narrativa e do interesse do discurso, além de uma mentira ou outra para não revelar desnecessariamente o modus operandi dos serviços. Em resumo: uma obra que não é de ficção, sobre um tema e um episódio muito importante e interessante, escrito de forma tão agradável como se fosse uma obra de ficção. ( )
  CMBras | Mar 19, 2021 |
Well researched and written. The history of The Cambridge Five followed from it's beginning to it's end. Not light reading though.
  David-Block | Feb 27, 2021 |
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When devouring this thriller about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole, I had to keep reminding myself that it was not a novel. It reads like a story by Graham Greene, Ian Fleming or John le Carré
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Haggar, DarrenDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Le Carré, JohnPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friends, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. Such a choice may scandalize the modern reader, and he may stretch out his patriotic hand to the telephone at once and ring up the police. It would not have shocked Dante, though. Dante places Brutus and Cassius in the lowest circle of Hell because they had chosen to betray their friend Julius Caesar rather than their country Rome. -E.M. Forster, 1938
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"Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow - and not just Elliott's words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott's unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him - until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake."--book jacket.

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