Among the more sensational espionage cases of the Cold War were
those of Moscow's three British spies-Kim Philby, Donald Maclean,
and Guy Burgess. In this riveting book, S. J. Hamrick draws on
documentary evidence concealed for almost half a century in
reconstructing the complex series of 1947-1951 events that led
British intelligence to identify all three as Soviet agents. Basing
his argument primarily on the Venona archive of broken Soviet codes
released in 1995-1996 as well as on complementary Moscow and London
sources, Hamrick refutes the myth of MI5's identification of
Maclean as a Soviet agent in the spring of 1951. British
intelligence knew far earlier that Maclean was Moscow's agent and
concealed that knowledge in a 1949-1951 counterespionage operation
that deceived Philby and Burgess. Hamrick also introduces
compelling evidence of a 1949-1950 British disinformation
initiative using Philby to mislead Moscow on Anglo-American
retaliatory military capability in the event of Soviet aggression
in Western Europe. Engagingly written and impressively documented,
Deceiving the Deceivers breaks new ground in reinterpreting the
final espionage years of three infamous spies and in clarifying
fifty years of conjecture, confusion, and error in Anglo-American
Yale University Press
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(Former Foreign Service Officer, former Senior Policy Adviser, State Department)
||229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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