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Enemies Within: Communists, the Cambridge Spies and the Making of Modern Britain (Hardback)
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Enemies Within: Communists, the Cambridge Spies and the Making of Modern Britain (Hardback)

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What pushed Blunt, Burgess, Cairncross, Maclean and Philby into Soviet hands?

With access to recently released papers and other neglected documents, this sharp analysis of the intelligence world examines how and why these men and others betrayed their country and what this cost Britain and its allies.

Enemies Within is a new history of the influence of Moscow on Britain told through the stories of those who chose to spy for the Soviet Union. It also challenges entrenched assumptions about abused trust, corruption and Establishment cover-ups that began with the Cambridge Five and the disappearance of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean on the night boat to Saint-Malo in 1951.

In a book that is as intellectually thrilling as it is entertaining and illuminating, Richard Davenport-Hines traces the bonds between individuals, networks and organisations over generations to offer a study of character, both individual and institutional.

At its core lie the operative traits of boarding schools, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Intelligence Division, Foreign Office, MI5, MI6 and Moscow Centre.

Davenport-Hines tells many stories of espionage, counter-espionage and treachery. With its vast cope, ambition and scholarship, Enemies Within charts how the undermining of authority, the rejection of expertise and the suspicion of educational advantages began, and how these have transformed the social and political temper of modern Britain.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007516674
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 930 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 46 mm


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Praise for Richard Davenport-Hines:

"...a supremely accomplished historian…he writes with a mordant wit and a merciless eye for distortions…" - The Sunday Times

"Succinct, lively and well-written biography ... Done with great panache, in a volume that will introduce Keynes and his strange world to a new generation of readers" - Evening Standard

"An amusing, elegant and provocative writer ... great fun. By focusing on Keynes as a private man and public figure rather than an academic economist, it is possible to see him as the last and greatest flowering of Edwardian Liberalism" - Sunday Times

"Daringly but sensibly, this renowned biographer, Davenport-Hines, has studied Keynes from seven points of view - not one of them as an economist ... a rewarding and fascinating book." - Daily Mail

"A treat... We read endlessly about Keynes the economist. But he was so much more and this unputdownable book explores the man" - Independent

`Treating Keynes's lives as interesting and valuable for their own sake gives them extra vividness ... With a keen eye for telling detail and social connections, Davenport-Hines brilliantly conveys what one might call the peripheral atmospherics of Keynes's existence ... Done with grace and insight' Robert Skidelsky, Observer

`This thoughtful biography does justice both to Keynes's idiosyncrasies and to his influence ... with wit and grace, as well as a good deal of scholarly digging ... incisive and thoughtful ... The book conveys its own vision of this wholly extraordinary and undeniably idiosyncratic figure with persuasive artistry and conviction' Financial Times

`[A] first-class book, which I cannot praise highly enough ... This admirable book does Keynes justice' Literary Review

`Worthy of its brilliant subject, `Universal Man' manages to expound Keynes's ideas while shining with his own optimistic spirit. Lively, funny, original, and beautifully written' A. N. Wilson

`Davenport-Hines heroically styles [Keynes] in this affectionate and occasionally delicious general biography ...refreshingly unsanctimonious' TLS

`A rich story, brilliantly told', Spectator, Books of the Year

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“An excellent look at the activties and outcomes of British spies for Soviet Russia.”

This work explores the role of Britons who spied for the Soviet Union between the 1920's and the 1960's, concentrating in particular on those communist acolytes drawn from Cambridge University during the... More

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