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Guy Burgess: Revolutionary in an Old School Tie Paperback – 21 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Michael Holzman is a political and literary historian. He has written about the relationship between the poetry and politics of William Morris, about the Hungarian philosopher Georg Lukacs (Lukacs’s Road to God), about issues of politics, adult literacy and education (Writing As Social Action). He is the author of James Jesus Angleton, The CIA and the Craft of Counterintelligence (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), which was the subject of the lead (front-page) review in a June, 2009, issue of the Times Literary Supplement and has published related work on the origins of the field of American Studies. In addition, he has been a consultant and researcher for major foundations concerned with improving education in the United States, China and the Middle East and written a novel, Transgressions. He received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in the Hudson River Valley of New York.
Top customer reviews
A fair and king d evaluation that I feel lies near the truth as we may now get.
complete background of the political scene in England during this period.
Have passed onto friends, great subject for discussion at a Book Club with like-minded people.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has tried to follow the many early events and personalities leading up to the amazing departure by Guy Burgess from the West.
The content of the biography is good but breaks little new ground and relies heavily on inference. What is most useful is the contention that Burgess must be evaluated as a person of serious intent who was not a mere stereotype.
There are some interesting items: the interview with Churchill; London clubs and nightlife; life in Moscow. Whether they are worth the voluminous and poorly organized material about the hero is debatable. Even if you hate the British Empire and capitalism you might want to do some skimming.