Ben McIntyre's book on Kim Philby

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Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:36 pm Post

A Spy Among Friends: a very good book, worth reading, written by The Times journalist Ben McIntyre - a pull-together of all the extensive material already in the public domain, plus a lot of private stuff from the diaries of Philby's close friend Nicholas Elliott. It tells you a great deal about Philby and his extraordinary personality, and quite a bit about British class behaviour that enabled the Philby phenomenon to occur.
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Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:42 am Post

You might be interested in this podcast where McIntyre was interviewed on the Late Night Live program.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... by/5372842
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Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:28 am Post

Thanks! Will listen.
(The potential for betrayal - perhaps the most interesting facet of the human condition.)
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'