My Silent War
In the annals of espionage, one name towers above all others: that of H.A.R. “Kim” Philby, the ringleader of the legendary Cambridge spies. A member of the British establishment, Philby joined the Secret Intelligence Service in 1940, rose to the head of Soviet counterintelligence, and, as MI6’s liaison with the CIA and the FBI, betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians, fatally compromising covert actions to roll back the Iron Curtain in the early years of the Cold War.
Written from Moscow in 1967,My Silent Warshook the world and introduced a new archetype in fiction: the unrepentant spy. It inspired John le Carré’s Smiley novels and the later espionage novels of Graham Greene. Kim Philby was history’s most successful spy. He was also an exceptional writer who gave us the great iconic story of the Cold War and revolutionized, in the process, the art of espionage writing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - strtrek - LibraryThing
Philby is an annoying git, but what a life he has lived. I wonder if we got the full story or is it just the tip of the iceburg.....we'll never know. Enjoyed the book once I got over hating who he was. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - LibraryThing
This book was quite exciting to read and the quote from Graham Greene on the front cover of my edition, that it is far more gripping than any novel of espionage, while over-stated, does contain some ... Read full review