Treason in the blood : H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby, and the spy case of the century

by Brown, Anthony Cave.

Format: Print Book 1994
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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two decades ago, Brown burst into the club of espionage historians with his popular Bodyguard of Lies, which unveiled the Allies' Ultra secret in World War II. Here he examines the career of the infamous British turncoat whom the Soviets buried with state honors. (To set the social and psychological context, Brown also folds in the life of Philby p{{Å }}ere, H. St. John. Kim, the younger blood, indisputably caused the deaths of hundreds of people, heinous enough, but mystery still envelops the magnitude of the damage he inflicted and the extent to which, if at all, he was protected from discovery by superiors in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), or even by the CIA's James Angleton. While the SIS won't declassify its Philby file until 2025, Brown avails himself of the KGB's records and retired personnel still living who worked with S{{™}}ohnchen, their code name for their ace mole. His thorough research narrates Philby's recruitment in 1934 by Soviet agents and how they groomed him to penetrate the SIS, which occurred in 1940. The next 10 years, furnishing the bulk of this book, are crowded with Philby's wartime operations and concomitant rise through the ranks to a height (as chief of counterintelligence) that established his candidacy to become "C"--chief of the service. Unfortunately for him and the Soviets, his usefulness ended with the sensational defection in 1951 of comrade moles Burgess and MacLean--or did it? Brown is so skilled at synthesizing the minutiae of this case that spy catchers skulking about the stacks will inevitably be captivated by the story's outstanding enigmas. (Reviewed September 15, 1994)039563119XGilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kim Philby, called by Brown ``quite possibly the greatest unhanged scoundrel in modern British history,'' and his father, St. John, are profiled in this dual biography. Philby père (1885-1960), after a brilliant academic career, worked for a time in the Crown's political department in India and the Middle East, even though he despised British imperialism. He resigned from the service over financial and diplomatic irregularities in 1924. He converted to Islam and became a power in Arabia as an unofficial member of the Privy Council, but no hard evidence exists that he was a spy. Nor, despite the book's title, does Brown make that contention. Born in India, Harold Adrian Russell ``Kim'' Philby (1912-1987) was educated at Cambridge, where he made the acquaintance of several classmates who were to influence his life: Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and Donald Maclean (John Cairncross, one of the Cambridge Five, is hardly mentioned in this account). Brown discusses Philby's homosexual relationships at Cambridge and his indoctrination into the Communist Party but otherwise scants these crucial years. He details Philby's luck in being cleared for the Secret Service; his work disrupting the German intelligence prior to D-Day; his postwar service as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Washington; his part in the Burgess-Maclean escape to Russia in 1951 and his exoneration by the government. Also recounted are Philby's time as a foreign correspondent in Beirut and his defection to Moscow in 1963. Spy buffs will find Brown's (Bodyguard of Lies) perspective on Philby's post-Cambridge years interesting. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Philby, Kim, -- 1912-1988.
Philby, H. St. J. B. -- (Harry St. John Bridger), -- 1885-1960.
Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Espionage, Russian -- Great Britain.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin,1994
Language English
Notes "A Marc Jaffe Book."
Description 677 pages
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical notes (pages [623]-657) and index.
ISBN 039563119X :
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