Stalin's Englishman

Stalin's Englishman

Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

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"Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies--Maclean, Philby, Blunt--brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers. In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years. Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250100993
Branch Call Number: 327.12 LOWNIE
Characteristics: xiv, 433 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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" If Burgess was aware of the reaction of Foreign Office officials to his posting, he certainly made no attempt to win their approval." " Britain's elite were still interconnected and protecting their own." "What Burgess didn't know was that they had more than that in common. Wolfenden was a double agent, an MI6 informant who had been photographed in a homosexual honeytrap---Wolfenden professed to be so delighted with the pictures that he requested enlargements---and was being blackmailed by the Russians." "Burgess left Philby a dressing table, portable organ, plum-coloured wing armchair, carved bedhead, his clothes--he was about the same size---and many of his books. Eleanor Philby took a fancy to a Paul Klee print that had hung in the bathroom." "After Burgess's death, Tolya disappeared, never to be heard of again." "Milne was particularly struck by Burgess's sentimental side. One evening Guy told the story of how the founder of MI6, Mansfield Smith Cumming, trapped after a road accident, had amputated his own leg in order to get to his dying son. When he finished telling it he 'burst into tears, to our embarrassment more than his...' "


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