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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally the full reasons why so many suspected Hollis, 1 April 2012
This review is from: Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage (Hardcover)
Various sources and authors over the past 20+ years have suggested Roger Hollis, former head of MI5 was in fact a Russian (GRU not KGB) agent. The evidence put forward previously always made a case to be answered but always suggested different events being dragged together by the suspicion against Hollis. Those events individually could just have been incompetence and mistakes and bad luck.

However, this book provides a vast amount of extra detail, much of which hasn't either been published at all or fully explained in previous public works. As a consequence it is now possible to see the details of just how hands on Hollis actually was in so many of these failed counter-espionage cases. Anyone who could not understand why the likes of Peter Wright were so convinced Hollis was a spy should read at the very least the sections relating to Klaus Fuchs. The mere fact that Hollis had personally cleared Klaus Fuchs 6 times begs questioning as to what he was playing at.

Interestingly Pincher seems to now be distancing himself from Peter Wright but not from the inescapable fact that at best Roger Hollis was the most unlucky man alive, his hands touched so many appallingly botched episodes.

The only down side to this book is that it is a huge work and reads in fact like a reference material for those researching the subject. For anyone with a passing interest who'd like to know that extra detail about the Hollis situation this could easily prove a hard read.
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