Young Philby

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An elegant, twisty spy story by a true master of the craft

 

 

Bestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than twenty true-life characters. As each layer is revealed, the question arises: Who really was this man?

 

When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member ...

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Overview

An elegant, twisty spy story by a true master of the craft

 

 

Bestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than twenty true-life characters. As each layer is revealed, the question arises: Who really was this man?

 

When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II, he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington, D.C. after the war. The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had been part of MI6. Yet he escaped, and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Moscow.

 

In Young Philby, Robert Littell tells the story of the spy's early years. In the words of his friends, lovers, and Soviet handlers we see the development of a fascinating, flawed man who kept people guessing about his ideals and allegiances until the very end.

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The story of double agent Kim Philby is well known but little understood. What were his motivations and, finally, his ideals? Best-selling author and Gold Dagger winner Littell tries to answer those questions by reconstructing Philby's early life, as told from the perspectives of 20 real-life characters. Look for excerpts at Scrib'd, Watpad, and Issuu.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410456243
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/10/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LITTELL is the author of sixteen previous novels and the nonfiction book If Israel Lost the War, written with Shimon Peres, President of Israel. He has been awarded both the Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. He lives in France.

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About his past, Littell told us, "No account of my education would be complete without mentioning my four years in the Navy; I served on board the USS John R. Pierce (DD753) where I was, variously, the ship’s navigator, antisubmarine warfare officer, communications officer and deck watch officer. These years were extremely formative for me."
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    1. Hometown:
      Martel, France
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 8, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Alfred University, 1956

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    Less than expected.

    I picked this up with great anticipation. It was more of a yawner than a truly suspenseful spy story.

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    Posted February 9, 2013

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