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Ben Macintyre on his book A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:44 pm

One of the things I miss the most about not having The Bob Edwards Show is learning about books. Every week, authors appeared discussing their respective books allowing me a glimpse between the covers and the decision on what books to buy and enjoy.

I’m not sure how I missed this one; Ben Macintyre reviews l’affair Kim Philby through the lens of his friendships and entitlements. From the introduction:

Kim Philby was a spy. He was one of five Cambridge-educated men who ranked high in the British intelligence services while secretly passing information to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Philby did not betray just the United Kingdom. At one point he was posted to Washington and became good friends with some of the CIA’s highest officials. Philby might have been a better spy if everyone had not been a bit suspicious of him — including Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The Soviets remained skeptical even after Philby defected to Moscow in 1963.

Anyway, I missed reading this one. So after listening to the program this week, I picked up a copy and will be spending some quality time with it as soon as possible. What makes me a little sad is I don’t know what other excellent books have been released recently…

Script included below (no roadmap, I’m afraid).

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