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The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives of Agent George Blake [Format Kindle]

Roger Hermiston

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On 3 May 1961, after a trial conducted largely in secret, a man named George Blake was sentenced to an unprecedented forty-two years in jail. At the time few details of his crimes were made known. By his own confession he was a Soviet spy and rumours later circulated that his actions had endangered British agents, but the reasons for such a severe punishment were never revealed. To the public, Blake was simply the greatest traitor of the Cold War. Yet, as Roger Hermiston reveals in this thrilling new biography, his story touches not only the depths of treachery, but also the heights of heroism. In WWII the teenage Blake performed sterling deeds for the Dutch resistance, before making a dramatic bid for freedom across Nazi-occupied Europe. Later recruited by British Intelligence, he quickly earned an exemplary reputation and was entrusted with building up the Service’s networks behind the Iron Curtain. And, following a posting to Seoul, he also suffered for his adopted country, when captured by North Korean soldiers at the height of their brutal war with the South. By the time of his release in 1953, Blake was a hero, one of the Service’s brightest and best officers. But unbeknownst to SIS they were harbouring a mole. Week after week, year after year, Blake was assiduously gathering all the important documents he could lay his hands on and passing them to the KGB. Drawing on hitherto unpublished records from his trial, new revelations about his dramatic jailbreak from Wormwood Scrubs, and original interviews with former spies, friends and the man himself, The Greatest Traitor sheds new light on this most complex of characters and presents a fascinating shadow history of the Cold War.

Biographie de l'auteur

ROGER HERMISTON is a journalist and was assistant editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme from 1998-2010. It was there that he first encountered George Blake, when editing an interview with the former spy in 1999. His first book, Clough and Revie, was an acclaimed dual biography of two of English football's most famous and controversial managers.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3945 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1781311633
  • Editeur : Aurum Press (4 avril 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1781311358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781311356
  • ASIN: B00C4GU9YA
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The last spy of the Cold War 11 juin 2013
Par Paul Gelman - Publié sur
George Blake is the oldest living spy from the Cold War era and this book, which draws on hitherto unpublished records and court transcripts, offers the reader a first-class ride into the mind of Blake.
To this very day, Blake has remained convinced that his way of life was right and he has remained an unrepentant traitor. He has been residing in Moscow for many years and is known to his friends as Georgy Ivanovich. He was among the many spies who actually participated in the great game of the Cold War, and, starting in 1953, he was one of the greatest and most famous moles in the service of the Russians. For many years he was patiently collecting many classified and secret documents and then handed them over to his bosses at the Kremlin.
The book has 21 chapters and each one deals with another aspect of Blake's life. After his imprisonment in North Korea he became a dedicated Communist and his decision to embrace this ideology may have been taken after reading "Das Kapital" in a cemetery in Korea.
Blake was contemptuous for the British class system which, on occasion, he had been a victim.
He also shared a dislike of the competitive society and hated the Americans. Add the fact that since his childhood days he had an admiration for the secret world.
One of the best chapters of this book is about the unmasking of Blake and his confession.
Blake, in the opinion of the author, should be considered the greatest traitor of the Cold War and he explains the reasons for this. There are new revelations about his days at Wormwood Scrubs and his escape.
This book is well written and well researched, highly readable and also highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Greatest Traitor 21 mai 2013
Par Alice Barry - Publié sur
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I found this book a very interesting read .It was a clear account of an era that I knew little about.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent work on an Infamous Traitor 1 avril 2015
Par S. Uehlinger - Publié sur
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Outstanding work about one of the more fascinating traitors to the Western cause. Remarkable and ironic that Blake turned while in North Korean captivity - although the idea had been brewing for some time, apparently. Very well written - I will be using this book as source material in lectures on the Russian Intelligence Services. Highly Recommended!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great historical read. 21 septembre 2014
Par Barry A. Kinsella - Publié sur
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Familiar story with great writing style. Worth the time as an historical read. Book arrived in perfect condition
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