In the annals of espionage, one name towers above all others: that of H.A.R. “Kim ” Philby, the ringleader of the legendary Cambridge spies. A member of the. More thoughts on Kim Philby’s My Silent War KIM PHILBY, THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, AND OPG: THE FOX BUILT THE HEN- HOUSE. 12 May For many years after the publication of My Silent War, it was rumoured that the autobiography of Kim Philby had been ghostwritten by the KGB.

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Philby was urbane, witty, a close observer of everything that went on around him, and the ultimate old line British upper class scion. While the writing is good and the book is fascinating, I can’t give more than one star to Philby because he’s one of the most despicable human beings ever to draw breath.

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Trivia About My Silent War: I would have probably been better off reading a book about Philby rather than his autobiography The last 50 pages were more interesting and also the only thing that prevented me from giving this true spy story only one star. Don’t expect to read about his early years, his many marriages, his motivations or his reaction to Khruschev’s lifting the veil on Stalin’s terror years. My silent war kim philby certainly no writer, the book is amazingly dull.

As a writer, Philby projects his personality to perfection. However, Philby was the only one to my silent war kim philby wholeheartedly by the Soviet Union, through the show trials, pogroms, and disappointments, believing that he had betra A detailed but short account of Philby’s career in British intelligence albeit as a Soviet agent My Silent War is not ‘tell-all’ but my silent war kim philby is a fascinating read nonetheless.

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To ask other readers questions about My Silent Warplease sign up. He tells a brief tale of how he got into MI-6 and his various posting.

And, of course, Philby was tooting his own horn to the extent his Soviet employers and censors would allow. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kim Philby was the master double agent of all time.

The point being, like Gen Arnold. Both men are right and any serious student of espionage has a duty to read this fascinating and chilling account of a life wasted in the service of a my silent war kim philby dead, but once mighty and baleful, creed.

I suspect the latter.

He passes over the Baltic states in silence. His characterizations of Hoover FBIAngleton CIAand Allen Dulles CIA along with a host of other players and officials provides interesting sketches of individuals and how their personal quirks can affect the functioning of bureaucratic organizations.

He did the same when confronted by his old friend Nicholas Elliott in Beirut, an episode not covered in this book. The Philip Knightley intro of adds a fair bit of insight that Philby did not my silent war kim philby. If only he had stuck with the good guys, he would have defeated fascism and been able to watch the cricket.

This book would have perhaps my silent war kim philby slightly better if I remembered more about Kim than what I got from compendiums of the world’s greatest spies that I read as a child, but only marginally so. Kim Philby was a fascinating character whose brilliance and addiction to treachery are equally staggering, but boy is he ever unable to bring his own story to life in this nose-thumbing account of capital-offense-level malfeasance.

This is Philby’s own account of his life working in the British secret service whilst spying for the Soviets. Formas silenh pagamento aceitas: Written from Moscow inMy Silent War shook the world and introduced a new archetype in fiction: Even last year, the film version of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, based upon Philby’s my silent war kim philby and quite inferior to it, garnered critical praise.

And although this claim has been repeated by many reviewers and commentators, it too is part of his legend.

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As an exploration of Philby as my silent war kim philby person, his motivations and deepest convictions, it’s rather my silent war kim philby shallow and glossy. This book is worth reading if only to provide a personal perspective on the shadow war during Mj and the early Cold War. In the mid-sixties he escaped to Russia, where he lived out his life as an honored foreigner and wrote his memoirs.

I would have like I hated the first three-quarters if this book and nearly abandoned it. Thousands died due to his treachery and he tells the whole tale as if he’s having tea and crumpets with you in the English fog. Philby supposedly tipped Maclean and Burgess off, thereby bringing suspicion upon himself.

His father was not much better and the fruit, as it can be seen, never fell far from the tree. Philby demonstrates that he worked hard, driving around Turkey and taking countless photos of the border with the USSR. After reading about a third of the book my dilemma was resolved, he appears to have been a my silent war kim philby berk.

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Perhaps I was influenced by the gaming aspect to the action which may be closer to the bone than the ‘logic’ behind one’s actions. It begins in an interesting manner but I kept waiting for some reflective reasoning my silent war kim philby his political considerations.

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Philby begins his espionage career in Spain prior to WWII and the confusion of the war makes it easy for anyone with some connections to This book is worth reading if only to provide a personal perspective on the shadow war during WWII and the early Cold War.

I don’t know who the royalties for this my silent war kim philby go to. How did he justify his actions as he maneuvered himself through the highest circles of British and American government, employing strategies that would be the model of double agent behavior for generations to come. One of these, involving an operation to infiltrate spies into Soviet occupied Georgia, is probably the my silent war kim philby interesting part of the book, though also the most disturbing, knowing as we do Philby’s probable role in the doomed operation.