A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean (Hardback)Roland Philipps (author)
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Donald Maclean was a star diplomat, an establishment insider and a keeper of some of the West's greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy, driven by passionately held beliefs, whose betrayal and defection to Moscow reverberated for decades.
Christened `Orphan' by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was the perfect spy and Britain's most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Then, moments before he was unmasked, Maclean vanished.
Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Roland Philipps now tells this story for the first time in full, unravelling Macleans character and contradictions from his childhood, through Cambridge communist circles to a polished career and complicated marriage overlaid with secrets and unrivalled deception.
Taking us back to the golden age of espionage, A Spy Named Orphan reveals the impact of one of the most dangerous and enigmatic Soviet agents of the twentieth century, whose actions heightened the tensions of the Cold War.
‘With A Spy Named Orphan, the last piece of this bizarre jigsaw falls into place… Roland Philipps has managed to make the new material come alive by relating it intimately to its historical context, of which he has a deep and sympathetic understanding.’ - Sebastian Faulks
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 836 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm
'...this biography first grips and then lingers long in the mind. It is a page-turner of the most empathetic kind.' - The Observer
'...fresh and thought-provoking throughout…' - The Times
'Philipps weaves a gripping tale of misplaced loyalty, intrigue and betrayal that is unlikely to be bettered.' - The Express
'Philipps sets a great example by being punchy and hard-nosed in his handling of facts, but pliant, imaginative and humane in his understanding of motives and emotions' - The Guardian
‘Donald Maclean was arguably the most valuable, and certainly the most troubled, of the Cambridge spies. Roland Philipps knows the world that formed him and has given us the fullest account we've yet had not only of his treason but of the conflicted man who committed it.’ - Joseph Kanon
‘With A Spy Named Orphan, the last piece of this bizarre jigsaw falls into place. The outline story is familiar, but the amount of new detail here - on Maclean's personal, professional, and secret lives - exceeds all expectations. Roland Philipps has managed to make the new material come alive by relating it intimately to its historical context, of which he has a deep and sympathetic understanding.’ - Sebastian Faulks
‘Fascinating and page-turning. An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told. I devoured it.’ - Philippe Sands, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize
‘Hugely impressive - by an historian who is a master of storytelling and empathy. A rare combination.’ - Dame Carmen Callil
‘A masterpiece. The rich renderings of secret assignations, smuggled documents, damning intelligence and brilliant code-breaking will delight lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike. Picture Erik Larson meets John le Carre and you have only begun to scratch the surface of this absolutely gripping book.’ - Brad Thor, author of international bestseller Spymaster
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This book provided the substance that has long been missing in the story of this member of the Cambridge five. It did so in a non-judgemental way, and one was left feeling a certain sympathy for the man. I would... More
This is one of the finest books concerning the Cambridge Spy Ring and Donald Maclean it has been my pleasure to read. Not a dry read but a riveting, eye-opening account, taking us from Maclean's formative years... More
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