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Kim Philby: The Unknown Story of the KGB's Master Spy [Format Kindle]

Tim Milne

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Kim Philby, the so-called Third Man in the Cambridge spy ring, was the Cold War’s most infamous traitor, a Soviet spy at the heart of British intelligence. Philby joined Britain’s secret service MI6 during the war and went on to head the section tasked with rooting out Russian spies before becoming the service’s chief liaison officer with the CIA. He betrayed hundreds of British and US agents to the Russians and compromised numerous operations inside the Soviet Union. Tim Milne was Philby’s closest and oldest friend. They studied at Westminster School together and when Philby joined MI6 he immediately recruited Milne as his deputy. Philby’s treachery was a huge blow to Milne and, after he retired, he wrote a highly revealing description of Philby’s time in the secret service. Publication of the memoirs was banned by MI6 but, after Milne’s death in 2010, his family were determined that this insider’s account of the Philby affair be published. Edited to include newly released top-secret documents showing how the KGB’s ‘master spy’ managed to fool MI6 even after he defected to Moscow, this is the final word on one of the world’s most notorious spies by the MI6 colleague who knew him best, the insider account of the Philby affair that Britain’s spy chiefs did not want you to read.

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  • Editeur : Biteback Publishing (27 février 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fascinating account 20 mai 2014
Par Richard Frost - Publié sur
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This is the only first-hand account I have ever read of Philby by a close friend, professional colleague and career intelligence officer and is excellently written. The account of Philby's time at Westminster and their travels together through central Europe during university holidays to me is absolutely fascinating as are the lengthy chapters on work and life in Section V of the SIS. While Milne does not excuse Philby's actions, he comes closer to providing reasons than anything else I've seen in print. Clearly, Philby was a person who inspired great loyalty and even admiration among his friends and colleagues in the British service, the writer Graham Greene being just one of these. For anyone interested in understanding Philby this is a great read as it's a true account; the other book I read recently is Ben Macintyre's book about Kim Philby's supposedly close friendship with Nicholas Elliott which I found full of factual errors and distortions. Elliott knew Philby for just over 20 years since they first met, according to Elliott's own autobiography, when the latter joined the SIS in late 1941 and indeed the first time they actually worked together was in Beirut when Elliott was meant to be running Philby as an Agent. Milne on the other hand knew Philby for nearly forty years and his book is the real thing
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Kim Philby from a friend's view 30 avril 2014
Par ernest v. montford - Publié sur
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This book is well written but doesn't really offer much in additional information on Britain's most infamous spy. If you know nothing of H. A. R. Philby it will mean little to you, if you do it offers modest entertainment. The author was the famous A. A. Milne's nephew and a career foreign service official. He knew Philby from school days at Westminster in London but they went to different universities.

The author strives for fairness while acknowledging Philby was a long time friend. It seems Milne never suspected the spy of working for the Russians but he had a large amount of company in that. One thing did puzzle me was MI6s forbidding the publication of the book in 1970. It was finally published posthumously by Milne's daughter and I cant see anything that would have harmed Great Britain's interests. I suspect the Secrets Act covers a lot of sins in that fine country.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Kim Philby - His Choice 5 juillet 2014
Par Rosemary M. Read - Publié sur
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Tim Milne knew Kim Philby better than most people, he remained a friend throughout their careers in the British Security Service. He takes us into the world of documenting, evaluating, assessing scraps of information gleaned by clandestine means from enemy sources. At this time this was the domain of intelligent "top people". This to outsiders was quaintly British, its members came from the best Public (USA private) schools, good colleges and well known families. This was the best "vetting" system. From childhood all were known and could be entrusted with top secrets. These people were tasked with discovering the plans and thoughts of the enemy by every means possible and to outwit and defeat them. Their work was an outstanding success but Britain has a long history of spying, going back hundreds of years. Kim Philby was accepted by the Security Service because he belonged, he was part of the club, he had all the credentials. Good family,well known Public School and Cambridge University. His other resume more ominous. He was also employed by Soviet Intelligence. . He was popular, to his friends constant and had a remarkable aptitude for his work for British Intelligence while maintaining his contacts with his other masters. In spite of the many books written about Philby the mystery remains. What attracted him to the Communist cause? He was at ease among his Establishment friends among whom were writers, journalists, politicians and he had an interesting social life. He did not appear to have an interest in what may be considered the social injustices of the period. He chose a double life of immense stress culminating in exile. Tim Milne charts their lives and when the treachery is finally unveiled there appears more sorrow than anger at the denouement.
This book is interesting as it illustrates the lesser known human side of Kim Philby The early days of trips to Europe. His domestic life and the life-long friendship with the author.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Reliable Witness 5 octobre 2014
Par Loris Ives - Publié sur
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A great air of authenticity about this trace of Philby's life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Dreary Tale 5 avril 2014
Par D J Kuznetzov - Publié sur
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As good as it is Milne's book doesn't get us much closer to Philby's motivations. His nasty effectiveness in serving two diametrically opposite masters comes clearly through. Milne's judgments are mostly the ones we have heard before. There is balance here, but nothing newly explicative.
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