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The Young Kim Philby: Soviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer

Edward Harrison


Kim Philby is perhaps the most notorious traitor in British history and the archetypal spy: ingenious, charming, and deceitful. The reluctance of the British and Russian governments to reveal full details of his career meant that for many years a shortage of evidence fuelled controversy. Was Philby an ideological spy, working for the Soviet Union out of Communist conviction, or was he prompted by a personality defect to choose a life of treachery? Was Philby the perfect agent, the ‘KGB masterspy’, or just plain lucky? This new biography re-examines the crucial early years of Philby's work as a ... More

Keywords: spy, Kim Philby, traitor, Soviet Union, secret service, World War II, My Silent War, counter-espionage, intelligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780859898676
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Harrison, author