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Cambridge Spies: The Untold Story of McLean, Philby, and Burgess

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  19 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
As World War II ended, dancing broke out in the streets of victorious capitals. But in Washington and Moscow, menacing ultimatums soon replaced declarations of common purpose. The music stopped, the Grand Alliance crumbled, and the Soviet Union and the United States squared off against one another. The victor in this war would be determined by the outcome of a series of ge ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 16th 1991 by Madison Books (first published January 25th 1991)
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Ann
Aug 10, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
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The Cambridge Spies

This book about Kim Philby, Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess focuses mainly on the question : what secrets did they have access to? This question is not so easy to solve, because the British authorities had every incentive to minimize the perceived damage these spies had inflicted. The Cambridge spies are often lumped together, and they did know each other, but their fields of activity were very distinct. Donald MacLean worked in the British embassy in the USA, effectively funct
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Matthew Shaw
Feb 22, 2015 Matthew Shaw rated it really liked it
Their lives seem so improbable, but the book is a fascinating investigation into the gravitational pull of communism in a world of privilege.
Leslie Hickman
Jun 10, 2010 Leslie Hickman rated it it was amazing
I started reading this after I heard about it on a podcast by the spy museum in DC (Spycast.org sponsered)!! I ended up loving this book. I love the intrigue involved. Of course one would think they would have seen the obvious, but of course we are reading it all past hindsight and all. But it was really a look into some peoples ego and how if they cooperated more set aside their pride things would not have escalated to the point it did.
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Sep 11, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
very interesting and well researched
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