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Young Philby

by Robert Littell

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Young Philby by Robert Littell
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2012
    288 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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Bestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than twenty true-life characters. As each layer is revealed, the question arises: Who really was this man?

When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II, he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington, D.C. after the war. The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had been part of MI6. Yet he escaped, and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Moscow.

In Young Philby, Robert Littell tells the story of the spy's early years. In the words of his friends, lovers, and Soviet handlers we see the development of a fascinating, flawed man who kept people guessing about his ideals and allegiances until the very end.

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"Starred Review. A dizzying, 'what if' take on (in)famous British spy Kim Philby…A Cold-War spy novel for the top shelf." - Kirkus Reviews

"Especially fascinating is Littell's account of Philby's experiences working for the Communists in Spain, during which the young British aristocrat is transformed from an idealistic, stammering twit into a shrewd manipulator of those around him, a man irresistible to women and driven by a complex set of beliefs and desires. A must for Cold War buffs." - Booklist

"Readers should be prepared for an overwhelming amount of period detail that robs the narrative of any substantial momentum." - Publishers Weekly

"A riveting read." - Frederick Forsyth

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Robert Littell Author Biography

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Robert Littell was born on January 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He has been ranked amongst John Le Carre and Graham Greene for his masterful spy fiction. A Newsweek journalist in a previous incarnation, Littell has been writing about the Soviet Union and Russians since his first novel, the espionage classic The Defection of A.J.Lewinter. Among his numerous critically acclaimed novels are The October Circle, Mother Russia, The Debriefing, The Sisters, The Revolutionist, The Once and Future Spy, An Agent in Place, The Visiting Professor, the New York Times bestselling The Company (adapted for a TNT mini-series), and Legends (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best Thriller of 2005) and For the Future of Israel, a book of conversations with Shimon Peres. Littell is an American ...

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