A Spy Among Friends

A Spy Among Friends
Author: Ben Macintyre
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2014-01-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781408851722

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From bestselling author Ben Macintyre, the true untold story of history's most famous traitor

The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor
Author: Ben Macintyre
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 443
Release: 2018-09-18
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780771060342

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The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

Philby

Philby
Author: Phillip Knightley
Publsiher: Gardners Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0233000488

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A Spy Among Friends

A Spy Among Friends
Author: Ben Macintyre
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 470
Release: 2014-07-29
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780771055515

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Now a major series on Prime Video starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce "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." —New York Times Book Review Master storyteller Ben Macintyre's thrillingly ambitious A Spy Among Friends tackles the greatest spy story of all: the rise and fall of Kim Philby, MI6's Cambridge-bred golden boy who used his perch high in the intelligence world to betray friend and country to the Soviet Union for over two decades. In Macintyre's telling, Philby's story is not a tale of one spy, but of three: the story of his complex friendships with fellow Englishman operative Nicholas Elliott and with the American James Jesus Angleton, who became one of the most powerful men in the CIA. These men came up together, shared the same background, went to the same schools and clubs, and served the same cause—or so Elliott and Angleton thought. In reality, Philby was channeling all of their confidences directly to his Soviet handlers, sinking almost every great Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies and obfuscations to protect his secret, Angleton and Elliott never abandoned him. When Philby's true master was finally revealed with his defection to Moscow in 1963, it would have profound and devastating consequences on these men who thought they knew him best, and the intelligence services they helped to build. This remarkable story, told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, is a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Double Cross

Double Cross
Author: Ben Macintyre
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-09-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780771000935

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From the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor, A Spy Among Friends, and Rogue Heroes, a fascinating work of popular history that vividly recreates the vast web of deception spun by spies in order to conceal D-Day. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. A stunning military achievement, it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, tricked the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring Allied victory at the most pivotal moment in the war. This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, who together made up one of the oddest and most brilliant military units ever assembled. Until now.

Kim Philby

Kim Philby
Author: Tim Milne
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2014
Genre: TRUE CRIME
ISBN: 1849546991

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Published for the first time, the full account of Britain's most notorious Cold War villain.

Summary of Ben Macintyre s A Spy Among Friends

Summary of Ben Macintyre s A Spy Among Friends
Author: Milkyway Media
Publsiher: Milkyway Media
Total Pages: 19
Release: 2024-02-06
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Get the Summary of Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends in 20 minutes. Please note: This is a summary & not the original book. "A Spy Among Friends" chronicles the intertwined lives of British intelligence officers Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, the latter a notorious double agent for the Soviet Union. Elliott, from a privileged background, joined MI6 and developed a close bond with Philby, who was also recruited into British intelligence despite his hidden communist sympathies. Philby's charm and social connections allowed him to rise within MI6, all while betraying secrets to the Soviets...

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

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Publsiher: Instaread Summaries
Total Pages: 50
Release: 2014-10-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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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…