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Kim Philby: The Unknown Story of the KGB's Master-Spy Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing; First Edition edition (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849546991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849546997
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The demons which drove the proudly English Kim Philby to betray his country, its people and especially his MI6 colleagues have never before been so intimately examined and explained. A fascinating look into the mind of a tragic figure by his oldest and closest friend. --Chapman Pincher, author of Their Trade Is Treachery and Dangerous To Know

A fascinating, very personal account of Philby's treachery from his SIS colleague, teenage travelling companion and schoolboy friend who was left utterly betrayed. This is a unique insight from an insider. --Nigel West, author of The Crown Jewels and Operation Garbo

Elegant and rich in detail, it provides intriguing glimpses of the man who would become the 20th century's most notorious British spy and traitor. --Mail On Sunday

An often intimate portrait of the Third Man, candid in its assessments. --The Telegraph

[Milne] explains one of the most enduring mysteries surrounding the notorious Soviet spy. --The Guardian

There are some good anecdotes here - the cricketing recollections are Milne's - and some interesting suggestions that Philby wasn't such a big boozer as he's usually cracked up to be. Was this a pretence too? Yet what stands out above all is just how little bitterness Milne felt. --John Preston, Daily Mail

Milne's account of Philby is full of delightful trivia, but there is personal insight too. --Edward Wilson, The Independent

Tim Milne's finely written and refreshingly unhysterical book... Milne gives fascinating and revealing accounts of his friend's behaviour and attitudes. It might seem that by now Philby as a subject had been done to death, but as these two books amply illustrate, he is still a source of fascination and wonderment. --John Banville, The Guardian

The book offers a fascinating glimpse of the charismatic Philby. --William Chislett, El Imparcial

A workmanlike, honest account that unpeels a lifetime's friendship with the man whose treachery cost thousands of lives. --Ben Felsenburg, Metro

There are some good anecdotes here - the cricketing recollections are Milne's - and some interesting suggestions that Philby wasn't such a big boozer as he's usually cracked up to be. Was this a pretence too? Yet what stands out above all is just how little bitterness Milne felt. --John Preston, Daily Mail

About the Author

Ian Innes Tim Milne CMG OBE, nephew of A. A. Milne, was born in Brentford in 1912. He won a King's Scholarship to Westminster School and then read Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1934, he became a copywriter with the advertising agency S. H. Benson, working on a number of accounts, including Guinness, Kodak, Bovril and Colman's mustard. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1940 and in October 1941 recruited into MI6 by his childhood friend Kim Philby. Milne continued to work in MI6 until 1968, serving in Iran, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Hong Kong. After leaving MI6, he became a senior clerk in the House of Commons. He retired in 1978 and subsequently wrote these memoirs but, due to an MI6 ban on the book, he never saw them published. Milne died in 2010.


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