From the list on a historian's view about spies.
Who am I?
I am a modern British historian who loves to read thrillers and non-fiction histories of spies. I’ve done it all my adult life. Moreover, I’ve always been fascinated by the Russian Revolution: its early idealism, the curdling of idealism. When the daughter of Moura von Benckendorff, (R.H. Bruce Lockhart’s great love) told me about her mother and Lockhart, I realized I had an opportunity to combine my vocation and my avocation. The result is my book, The Lockhart Plot.
Jonathan's book list on a historian's view about spies
Discover why each book is one of Jonathan's favorite books.
Why did Jonathan love this book?
This is the best book written about the brilliant, charming, ruthless Kim Philby, the most successful spy Russia ever had in Britain. It is sympathetic but clear-eyed. It is exhaustively researched, but reads like a novel. You will be swept away, but also you may be certain it is true. Philby became a Communist spy for idealistic reasons. Eventually, however, he betrayed not only his country but even his friends. When, at last, they figured him out, he escaped to Russia and lived there as a hero to an old age. He had everything except a heart.
A Spy Among Friends
Why should I read it?
9 authors picked A Spy Among Friends as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.
Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and…