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Book Title: The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby|
The author of the book: Phillip Knightley
Date of issue: March 25th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780394578903
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.93 MB
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf (NY)
Read full description of the books The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby:Bought this at a second-hand bookshop in Brisbane, because Philby was one of the Cambridge Four, and I loved the TV Show Cambridge Spies. The real story of Philby as presented in this book is even more thrilling than the TV (although the "Four" were far less connected in real life, which spoils the story a little). And of course, the focus is on Philby, rather than split between them, although Burgess, MacLean and Blunt all get their moments (less Blunt than I would have liked, but that's just the influence of Sam West.)
It was a rapid read: bought on Saturday, finished by Sunday evening, despite the fact that most of Saturday afternoon and evening were taken up by a wedding and a reception. The writer - Phillip Knightley, who explains how he ended up working on the project and meeting with Philby - is perfectly happy to add the occasional editorial comment on Philby's actions, and on contradictions that he can see that Philby cannot. It's certainly not a haigiography, although Knightley has a great deal of respect for Philby.
It's a purchase that I'm very glad I made.
Read information about the authorPhillip Knightley was a special correspondent for The Sunday Times for 20 years (1965-85) and one of the leaders of its Insight investigative team. He was twice named Journalist of the Year (1980 and 1988) in the British Press Awards. He and John Pilger are the only journalists ever to have won it twice.
He was also Granada Reporter of the Year (1980), Colour Magazine Writer of the Year (1982), holder of the Chef and Brewer Crime Writer’s award (1983), and the Overseas Press Club of America award for the best book on foreign affairs in 1975 (The First Casualty).
He has lectured on journalism, law, and war at the National Press Club, Canberra, ACT; the Senate, Canberra, ACT; City University, London; Manchester University, Queen Elizabeth College Oxford, Penn State, UCLA, Stanford University, California; the Inner Temple, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is a patron of the C.W. Bean Foundation, Canberra ACT.
His two main professional interests have been war reporting and propaganda and espionage. In more than 30 years of writing about espionage he has met most of the spy chiefs of most of the major intelligence services in the world. He dined with Sir Maurice Oldfireld, head of MI6. He lunched with Sir Dick White, head of MI5 and MI6. He corresponded with both. He lunched with Harry Rositzke, head of the CIA’s Soviet bloc division. He lunched with Lyman Kirkpatrick, the CIA’s Inspector-General. He dined with Leonid Shebarshin, head of the KGB. He lunched with Sergei Kondrashov, chief of KGB counter-intelligence. He had drinks with Markus Wolf, head of East German intelligence. He spent one week in Moscow interviewing the notorious British traitor, Kim Philby. He helped KGB general Oleg Kalugin write the outline for his book. He has met dozens of officers and agents from all sides and has written many articles on espionage. Few writers today have his depth of knowledge of the international intelligence community.
Phillip reviews non-fiction books for The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Independent (London) and The Australian’s Review of Books and The Age (Australia). He was a judge for Canada’s Lionel Gelber Prize, the world’s biggest for the best book on international relations. He is European representative of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Washington DC.
He is involved in the the Indian literary and publishing scene and has written columns for several leading Indian newspapers and magazines.
He presented the war reporting documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of This Week; a half-hour documentary on truth for schools’ television; has reviewed the papers for BBC Breakfast TV and many What the Papers Say. He has appeared in many documentaries in Britain, Canada and Australia. He is a judge for Canada’s Lionel Gelber Prize for the year’s best book on international relations ($50,000). He is on the management committee of The Society of Authors, London.
Phillip was born in Australia but has worked most of his life in Britain. He now divides his time between Britain, Australia and India. He is married with three grown-up children and relaxes by playing tennis most days.
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