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The Fourth Man
Andrew Boyle
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The Fourth Man

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  3 reviews
s/t: The definitive account of Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean and who recruited them to spy for Russia
Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Bantam (first published 1979)
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This book was easy to read, informative and somehow at the same time unsatisfying. The writer is either unwilling or unable to comprehend the mind set of the Cambridge spies, still less to draw any conclusions or lessons from the saga. Andrew Boyle is a competent journalist but nothing more. What he misses is what I would call the particularly British gullability towards anything which has established itself in the public eye as "Establishment". British poltiicians and people have always stood i ...more
I have no idea how I got into this particular genre of books but I suppose it began with James Bond books my mother in law bought me for Christmas. From there I think it was newspaper headlines about yet another spy scandal from the likes of Chapman Pincher, and I do remember keeping up with events in the Christine Keeler/Mandy Rice Davis episode, well I was a paper boy at the time. But I came across this book in a charity shop and it was bedtime reading for quite a while as the story Andrew Boy ...more
Ponderously written but informative. Excellent research.

I don't where someone came up with this version of the book. The one that I read was written by Anthony Boyle and has not yet been entered into the Goodreads database as best I can determine.

The edition of the book I read was published under the title "The Fourth Man."
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