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ISBN-10: 0393608573

ISBN-13: 9780393608571

ISBN-10: 1684412943

ISBN-13: 9781684412945

ISBN-10: 1847923941

ISBN-13: 9781847923943

The first complete biography of 1 of the 20 th century’s such a lot infamous spies.

Donald Maclean was once the most treacherous spies of the chilly battle period and a key member of the notorious "Cambridge 5" undercover agent ring, but the entire quantity of this intelligent, secretive man’s betrayal hasn't ever been explored—until now. Drawing on a wealth of formerly categorised records and unseen kinfolk papers, A secret agent Named Orphan meticulously files his outstanding story.

Roland Philipps unravels Maclean’s personality and contradictions, educated by way of a domineering father in a early life straight away liberal and austere. Maclean grew to become infatuated with Communism in the course of his tuition days, even earlier than his time at Cambridge. A version diplomat, he rose throughout the ranks of the British overseas place of work swiftly, by no means arousing suspicion of his chilling double existence. He married an American girl regardless of his sexual ambivalence and extending antipathy to the USA. He was once susceptible to alcoholic binges that are supposed to have blown his hide, but they by no means chanced on their method onto his list. A sworn enemy of capitalism, he had entry to a couple of the best secrets and techniques of the time, transmitting invaulable intelligence to his Soviet handlers at the atom bomb and the form of the postwar international. Maclean used to be a undercover agent who enjoyed and loathed the position. In a brazen escapade, he effectively eluded the incredulous professionals to illness to the Soviet Union, the place he labored and lived unrepentantly for the following thirty years.

Philipps deals memorable pix of Maclean’s coconspirators—Kim Philby, man Burgess, and Anthony Blunt—as good because the talented Russian spymasters of the interval; a colourful evocation of Cambridge and London among the wars; colourful descriptions of Maclean’s postings in Paris, Cairo, and Washington, D.C.; and a riveting new version of the annoying foreign code-breaking operation that finally uncovered him. A gripping story of blind religion and fierce loyalty along harmful duplicity and human vulnerability, Philipps’s narrative will stand because the definitive account of the mysterious and elusive guy first codenamed "Orphan."

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