Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

by Andrew Lownie


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Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring by Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies"—Maclean, Philby, Blunt—brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.

Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250100993
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 238,449
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

After graduating from Cambridge University, where he won the Dunster Prize for History, Andrew Lownie went on to earn a postgraduate degree in history at Edinburgh University. He is now a successful literary agent, and has written or edited several books, including an acclaimed biography of John Buchan.

Steven Crossley has recorded over two hundred audiobooks and has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, his audiobook performances cover an eclectic range of subjects in both fiction and nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: Full Circle: Saturday, 5 October 1963 xiii

1 Beginnings 1

2 Schooldays 8

3 Eton Again 17

4 Cambridge Undergraduate 27

5 Cambridge Postgraduate 40

6 The Third Man 51

7 London 58

8 The BBC 67

9 Russian Recruiter 74

10 Jack and Peter 80

11 British Agent 87

12 Meeting Churchill 92

13 Section D 97

14 'Rather Confidential Work' 104

15 Bentinck Street 114

16 Back at the BBC 123

17 MI5 Agent Handler 128

18 Propagandist 134

19 The News Department 144

20 Relationships 150

21 Back at the Centre of Power 155

22 Russian Controls 163

23 Settling Down 168

24 The Information Research Department 173

25 The Far East Department 182

26 Disciplinary Action 188

27 Washington 198

28 Disgrace 210

29 Sent Home 218

30 Back in Britain 226

31 The Final Week 234

32 The Bird Has Flown 240

33 The Story Breaks 249

34 Repercussions 259

35 Petrov 268

36 The Missing Diplomats Reappear 273

37 First Steps 283

38 'I'm Very Glad I Came' 288

39 An Englishman Abroad 296

40 Visitors 303

41 'I'm a communist, of course, but I'm a British communist, and I hate Russia!' 312

42 Summing Up 322

Appendix 334

Notes on Sources 337

Selected Bibliography 398

Acknowledgements 415

Picture Acknowledgements 419

Index 421

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