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Infamous double agent in history A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington DC after the war The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had. The life and career of Kim Philby most famous of the Cambridge Five from 1933 to 1945 as seen through the eyes of a variety of people around him with an interesting albeit Littell's explanation in the coda of where his inspiration originated notwithstanding rather farfetched seeming twist I thoroughly enjoyed the style and found this to be an intriguing take on a fascinating character

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Young PhilbyBeen part of MI6 Yet he escaped and spent the last twenty five years of his life in MoscowIn Young Philby Robert Littell tells the story of the spy's early years In the words of his friends lovers and Soviet handlers we see the development of a fascinating flawed man who kept people guessing about his ideals and allegiances until the very en. This is was a most interesting look into the pre war activities of Kim Philby considered by many to be the most successful double agent of the Cambridge Five The book is only 286 pages long but its dramatisation of the facts through the eyes of the various people he came in contact with over this time provides an interesting slant on how he affected the lives of these individuals His contact with British Russian and Americans gives credence to the fact that he was probably a triple agentRobert Littell's interpretation of the facts provides a different insight on what might have occurred The influence of his father is not generally known but provides a different aspect as to how the cold war came into being post World War II A bit heavy going in parts but overall a good read for anyone wanting a simple summary of his life 1933 1963 Highly recommended

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Young Philby free read â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å An elegant twisty spy story by a true master of the craftBestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of than twenty true life characters As each layer is revealed the uestion arises Who really was thAn elegant twisty spy story by a true master of the craftBestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of than twenty true life characters As each layer is revealed the uestion arises Who really was this manWhen Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963 he became the most. Kim Philby could possibly be the most notorious double agent in espionage history Recruited by the Secret Intelligent Service during World War II he began spying for the Russians on the British intelligence service Robert Littell’s Young Philby follows what little we know about his early years up till what made him a great double or should we say triple agentKim Philby was a real high ranking British intelligence officer who worked as a double agent serving as both an NKVD and KGB operative Robert Littell takes what little we know about this famous spy and tries to recount a fictionalised version of his life but does it really cover the truth It’s hard to recount a story when you don’t know the real thoughts that went through the person’s head and I think this was the one major thing that was lacking I can understand being a fictionalised version of his life the author didn’t want to speculate on his motivations but I really wanted on his psychological profileAs an espionage novel goes this is no John le Carré; there is a sense of complexity with the double agent idea but I found it really easy to follow I love le Carré’s ability to write these massively complex espionage novels that really take you on a journey of the unexpected and I would have liked a bit of that from Robert Littell but he was probably confined to the facts This was a compelling read and I love a good spy story but I think the narrative did need a little work to put it among the great espionage novelsFast pacedand shifting perspectives really helped driving this novel and the cover alone makes this book worth purchasing If you don’t know much about the life of Kim Philby this would be a good place to start; learn about the Cambridge Five the defection to Russia or just explore a good cold war spy story I’m glad I got a chance to read Young Philby; I didn’t know much about the man but he did have an interesting life These fictionalised accounts of history may not be 100% accurate but they do make it easier to get a sense of what happenedThis review orginally appeared on my blog;