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A Spy Among Friends: Philby and the Great Betrayal (edició 2015)

de Ben Macintyre (Autor)

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"Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow - and not just Elliott's words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott's unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him - until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake."--book jacket.… (més)
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Títol:A Spy Among Friends: Philby and the Great Betrayal
Autors:Ben Macintyre (Autor)
Informació:Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2015), 368 pages
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"گفتن یک دروغ کوتاه آسان است اما گفتن دروغ طولانی بسیار دشوارترست. زیرا همپوشانی های دروغ پیشین با دروغ های بعدی متناقض در می آیند."

کتاب مجموعی از گفته ها، شنیده ها، نامه ها و تعدادی از منابع اطلاعاتی در رابطه با کیم فیلبی هست. این اولین باری بود که راجع به این فرد می شنیدم: مقامی ارشد در سرویس اطلاعاتی بریتانیا که برای سال های طولانی اطلاعات سری حیاتی قابل توجهی رو به شوروی انتقال می داد. به نظرم نویسنده درون مایه دوستی و خیانت رو در قالب گزارش ها به خوبی بسط می ده. در واقع کتاب با وجود این که غیرداستانی و تاریخی هست و نمی شه خیلی راحت و سرسری از روایت هاش گذشت، برای من کشش بسیار بالایی داشت.
برخورداری از مهارت های اجتماعی بالا در عین کم رویی، داشتن رفتار موقرانه و عوامل پیچیده بیشتری دست به دست هم می دن تا فیلبی برای حدود ۳۰ سال بتونه هم نزدیک ترین و صمیمانه ترین افراد زندگی خود و هم ماهرترین سرویس های اطلاعاتی کشورهای مختلف رو فریب بده.

فصل های اول کتاب تعداد زیادی اسم های ناآشنا برای من داشتند، با این حال از این کتاب لذت فراوانی بردم.

"کوپلند در مورد نقش آمریکا در جهان با آنگلتون هم عقیده بود و باور داشت که سیا این حق و وظیفه را دارد که حوادث سیاسی و اقتصادی در خاورمیانه را هدایت کند. 'ایالات متحده بایست سیاست خود را در هر سه حوزه ای که ریشه های اصلی منافع آمریکا در منطقه هستند، تعریف کند: تهدید شوروی، پیدایش اسرائیل و نفت'." ( )
  Milad_Gharebaghi | Jan 14, 2022 |
What’s interesting to me about this book is the way tha author’s views emerge so readily right from the start. Macintyre makes a lot of observations about what it was to be an Englishman, especially from the upper classes, naming Eton as ‘the grandest of public schools’ and talking about how much Elliott’s family had contributed to the empire. Later, when he introduces Reich, a man who thought sexual freedom would lead away from fascism, Macintyre writes that ‘Reich developed the radical, though slightly implausible, theory that “a poor man’s sexual performance led him to fascism”. It’s Macintyre’s ‘slightly’ which throws me – I don’t think it was meant to be humorous understatement!

As the book progressed I found less authorial comment although there was some repetition but on the whole this was quite a readable account of what was going on in the spy world and I found myself increasingly disliking Philby and Elliott, two delusional men seeing their jobs as fun as they went on their boozy, self-entitled way.

Zit’s a bit difficult to separate what is told in the book from the way it’s told but overall I’d have to say that I think Macintyre has been proficient. ( )
  evening | Jan 1, 2022 |
This is not the spyware prefer (that would be World War II) but a friend recommended it and I am glad I read it. It is as revealing about a certain upper class of Brits as it is about Philby. Very well written. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Ben Macintyre is a great storyteller, but to be fair, this is a great story just waiting to be told.

Kim Philby is certainly a contender for the title of ‘most successful spy of all time’. Recruited to the Soviet cause while at Cambridge in the 1930s, recruited to the British secret service at the beginning of the Second World War, he went on to lead its counter-espionage operations for years — while serving as a Soviet spy. His loyalties were never in doubt: Philby believed in and served the Stalinist cause until he died in Moscow just as the Soviet system began to collapse.

Macintyre chooses to focus his story on the role of friendship, for Philby was a great friend to many and valued friendship above almost everything else. But he also betrayed those friends (including his wives). Those friends, including almost the entire senior leadership of MI6, took years to accept the fact of his betrayal. He could not have been a traitor, they believed, because he was “one of us”.

Highly recommended. ( )
  ericlee | Jul 14, 2021 |
This book is hard to classify: it is a biography of perhaps the most famous traitor of the modern era, but is written as a series of anecdotes compiled by author Ben Macintyre. To a large extent, the book portrays Kim Philby as a suave, gregarious member of the Old Boy network, taking advantage of his closest friends, especially Nicholas Elliot and James Angleton. In my opinion, there were too many characters, perhaps a tool to deflect attention from the lack of verifiable facts and conversations, such as Philby's admission of guilt to Elliot. There was precious little about Philby's family relationships, especially with wives and his children, and a very weird episode his devastation upon the death of his pet fox, when he seemed to care so little about people. Politics over friends and family. The most interesting analysis was whether or not Philby was encouraged to defect to avoid political embarrassment in the UK and US. Finally, I have never come across the word "bibulous" before, but it was used excessively, but probably aptly in describing the espionage community. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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When devouring this thriller about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole, I had to keep reminding myself that it was not a novel. It reads like a story by Graham Greene, Ian Fleming or John le Carré
afegit per danielx | editaNew York Times, Walter Isaacson (Jul 24, 2014)
 

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Friends: noun, general slang for members of an intelligence service; specifically British slang for members of the Secret Intelligence Service [or MI6] -International Spy Museum

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friends, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. Such a choice may scandalize the modern reader, and he may stretch out his patriotic hand to the telephone at once and ring up the police. It would not have shocked Dante, though. Dante places Brutus and Cassius in the lowest circle of Hell because they had chosen to betray their friend Julius Caesar rather than their country Rome. -E.M. Forster, 1938
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"Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow - and not just Elliott's words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott's unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him - until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake."--book jacket.

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