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The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby Phillip Knightley

The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby

Phillip Knightley

Published March 25th 1989
ISBN : 9780394578903
Hardcover
302 pages
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 About the Book 

This is a sympathetic biography of Kim Philby, a KGB agent since the thirties and the most successful of the Cambridge spies who penetrated the British Foreign Office, MI5, MI6 and, through them, the American CIA and FBI through World War II and well into the Cold War. So successful were they in relaying secrets to the Soviets that it may have been better had the UK and USA not bothered withholding information from them during the war years.In addition to portraying such a traitor as Philby with intelligent sympathy the author, through his representation of his subject, also manages to suggest how allegiance to the Soviets may have constituted a morally defensible choice.