The Lives of Guy BurgessBook - 2015
Guy Burgess was the most complex of 'The Cambridge Spies' - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers. Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years. Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2015
Branch Call Number: 327.12092 BUR 2015
Characteristics: xii, 427 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm