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A Spy Named Orphan: The Soviet Agent Who Stole the West's Greatest Secrets
Contributor(s): Philipps, Roland (Author)

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ISBN: 0393356965     ISBN-13: 9780393356960
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2019
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BISAC Categories:
- History | Europe - Great Britain - 20th Century
- History | Russia & The Former Soviet Union
- True Crime | Espionage
Dewey: 327.120
Physical Information: 1.3" H x 5.4" W x 8" L (1.00 lbs) 448 pages
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Cultural Region - British Isles
- Cultural Region - Russia
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Donald Maclean was one of the most treacherous spies of the Cold War era, a member of the infamous Cambridge Five spy ring, yet the extent of this shrewd, secretive man's betrayal has never fully been explored. Drawing on formerly classified files, A Spy Named Orphan documents the extraordinary story of a model diplomat leading a chilling double-life until his exposure and defection to the USSR.

Philipps describes a man prone to alcoholic rages, who rose through the ranks of the British Foreign Office while secretly transmitting through his Soviet handlers reams of diplomatic and military intelligence on the atom bomb and the shape of the postwar world. A mesmerizing tale of blind faith and fierce loyalty alongside dangerous duplicity and human vulnerability, Philipps's narrative will stand as the definitive account of the man codenamed Orphan.

Contributor Bio(s): Philipps, Roland: - Roland Philipps is the grandson of Roger Makins, the last man from the Foreign Office to see Donald Maclean before his escape to the Soviet Union. He was publishing director of Hodder & Stoughton and Macmillan, London, and managing director of John Murray Publishers. He lives in London.
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