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Stalin's Englishman
Stalin's Englishman
by Andrew Lownie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read..., 18 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Stalin's Englishman (Hardcover)
The most interesting and well written of any of the books I have read about the Cambridge Spies, Stalin’s Englishman The Lives of Guy Burgess had me hooked from the first chapter. The depth of the author’s research is astounding but the narrative is never bogged down with unnecessary detail and gives a wonderful insight into the life and character of an extraordinary man as well as being a fascinating chronicle of the era in which he grew up. An intellectually gifted and artistic child, Burgess became a promiscuous, chain-smoking drunk who embraced Marxism, spied for the Russians and finally defected to Russia. Despite commonly held beliefs to the contrary he was, as the author discloses, the most important of the Cambridge Spies. But even though he was a traitor, it is hard not to feel sorry for Burgess who died an early death in a country he came to hate but was unable to leave. An absorbing story, beautifully told.

The Spy Who Loved: The secrets and lives of Christine Granville, Britain's first female special agent of WWII
The Spy Who Loved: The secrets and lives of Christine Granville, Britain's first female special agent of WWII
by Clare Mulley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of 2012, 19 Nov. 2012
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Of all the books I have read this year nothing comes close to this wonderful story of Christine Granville, who served as a secret agent throughout the Second World War. Born Krystyna Skarbek into an aristocratic Polish family, at a time when women were typically not expected to aspire to anything except becoming wives and mothers, she began her intelligence work for the Allies long before they had set up organizations for this purpose and travelled across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in pursuit of her work, returning with invaluable information. Beautifully written, this fast paced book is full of danger, intrigue and tragedy but also gives an excellent insight into the character of a supremely courageous yet vulnerable woman. This really is a book not to be missed!

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