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This book is about Philby, Burgess, MacLean and Blunt, the four English spies who delivered secret informations to the KGB from the mid-thirties to the early fifties when Burgess and MacLean had to leave England in a hurry in order to escape the British jails. The author describes how these men, who all came from the British bourgeoisie, discovered Marxism at the University of Cambridge and decided then to betray their country in order to help the Soviets.
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As diplomat (MacLean), secret agent of the MI5 (Philby) or journalist (Burgess), they were all in terrific positions to collect valuable informations such as the progress of the development of the atomic bomb by the Americans or the names of the British secret agents in Europe. Burgess, MacLean and finally Kim Philby in 1963 evaded to Moscow to end their life as heroes of the Soviet people. Blunt managed to work out a deal with the British Intelligence and could stay in London without passing a single day in prison.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1950's    -   1940's    -   1930's History of cloak & dagger?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   British Players:    -   British Intelligence    -   KGB/NKVD

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   bureaucracy Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Big City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Washington D.C. If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   2 () Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   homosexuals doing their thing Minor characters feature lots of:    -   diplomats Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Length of book    -   350-400 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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