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Treason in the Blood: H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby & the Spy Case of the Century #2020

Treason in the Blood H St John Philby Kim Philby the Spy Case of the Century Brown tells the extraordinary stories of Kim Philby a renowned double agent and his father and mentor Harry St John Bridger Philby who played a key role in establishing the modern Middle East In t

  • Title: Treason in the Blood: H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby & the Spy Case of the Century
  • Author: Anthony Cave Brown
  • ISBN: 9780395631195
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Treason in the Blood: H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby & the Spy Case of the Century By Anthony Cave Brown, Brown tells the extraordinary stories of Kim Philby, a renowned double agent, and his father and mentor, Harry St John Bridger Philby, who played a key role in establishing the modern Middle East In this dual biography, the author includes interviews, private papers of both St John and Kim Philby, and previously unreleased photographs and KGB memoranda providing an intBrown tells the extraordinary stories of Kim Philby, a renowned double agent, and his father and mentor, Harry St John Bridger Philby, who played a key role in establishing the modern Middle East In this dual biography, the author includes interviews, private papers of both St John and Kim Philby, and previously unreleased photographs and KGB memoranda providing an intriguing account of espionage.

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    1 thought on “Treason in the Blood: H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby & the Spy Case of the Century

    1. Fascinating dual biography of H.St.John Philby and his son H.A.R Kim Philby, father and son, both of whom betrayed Britain during the 20th century Philby Senior, noted Arabist and convert to Islam, was middleman in selling the oil concession of Saudi Arabia to the United States, not his native Britain Philby Junior, a secret member of the communist party at Cambridge in the 1930s, eventually was recruited into the British secret service and rose to betray secrets to the Soviet Union.

    2. This is a sprawling and at times gossipy epic contextualising the lives of both the senior Philby, a civil servant who converted to Islam and became an advisor to the Saudi rulers, and the junior, who, of course, operated as a Soviet agent with a cover so well crafted that the Russians were never quite sure if he was really theirs.The cast of characters is lengthy, and at times the biography s two subjects disappear from view in what is in places a somewhat tangled and digressive narrative which [...]

    3. For the Philby fascinated, this book offers a chronicle of the sins of the father Nothing new here about the son, nothing big anyway.I have read that A Cave Brown s methods as a historian are in question, and he is not shy to bend the facts in order to better the yarn If you re looking for a yarn, this is not a bad place to look and I suspect the the facts in general are, for the most part, correct and the larger facts are not in dispute.

    4. This joint biography is further proof that truth is stranger than fiction St John and Kim Philby were two generations of traitors The father threw his lot in with the house of Saud, the son with the Soviet Union The latter has inspired countless books, movies and novels and its Kim s story that provides the most compelling Although St John s story is interesting as a concept a British man converting to Islam would have raised eyebrows then as it would now the actual details are not compelling an [...]

    5. Great idea tying together this crazy father son team both deeply cynical while strangely idealistic It s a tribute to man s capacity for compartmentalization within Of course, the irony of the world spanning British Empire endlessly forgiving these two as they betray it at the highest levels over a period of half a century is delicious.The first half is fascinating Kind of boring in the second half when we get to Kim mostly because this is well worn material that I already knew fairly well.

    6. This is the second time I have tried to read this book I really enjoy the first part about H St John Philby and his role in shaping the oil concessions and future of the middle east I feel like the book really slows down and becomes uninteresting when the topic shifts to his son.

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