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This is an auction for THE CLIMATE OF TREASON: FIVE WHO SPIED FOR RUSSIA, by Andrew Boyle. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! It was the privileged elite, from public schools, Oxford and Cambridge, that formed the core of Stalin's spy-ring in Britain:

* Sir Anthony Blunt, Keeper of the Queens Pictures

* Guy Burgess, employee of both the Times and the BBC

* John Cairncross; Treasury official and researcher at highly secret Bletchley Park

* Donald Maclean, diplomat and SIS officer


* "Kim" Philby OBE, SIS officer and son of Arabist St John Philby

"The epidemic of spying within the British secret services was not just a matter of class as the "five" never left the Establishment, receiving in due course all the normal and expected rewards, honours and titles. As Neal Ascherson wrote: "They were unwilling in the end to leave the Establishment, and became prominent figures in the BBC, the Foreign Office, Intelligence and so forth - just as they were destined to do. Except that they also spied." The "controlled schizophrenia" of secrecy and duality of lives demanded from spying seems to have come more readily to some members of the group because they shared what Boyle calls "the sad pleasures of sodomy", and discretion was then required for homosexuality. Astonishingly, the Americans had, as early as1948, identified at Maclean and Philby as Soviet spies but did not pass this on to the British, partly because they no longer trusted them. The relationship between the US and British security services has never fully recovered."

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Hardback 1979.

504 pages + photographs..

Good condition.

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