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British MI6 operative and Russian double agent Kim Philby (1911-1988) was a real-life spy so intriguing and successful that both his friend Graham Greene (The Third Man) and John le Carré (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), whom he betrayed, couldn't resist portraying him in fiction. Numerous books, in fact, have been written about the well-placed traitor but until now, none benefitted from the recent release of MI5's file on the long-time Kremlin operative. Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends fills in significant gaps of his risky betrayals, but also provides fascinating studies of MI6 agent Nicholas Elliot and CIA operative James Jesus Angleton, Philby's two last high level defenders. Quite possibly the most exciting spy drama of the twentieth century.