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THE MASTER SPY: The Story of Kim Philby by  Phillip Knightley - First American Edition 1st Printing - 1989 - from Joe Staats, Bookseller and

THE MASTER SPY: The Story of Kim Philby

by Knightley, Phillip

Condition: Fine/Near Fine

New York, NY, U.S.A.: Alfred A Knopf, Inc., 1989. First American Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Harold Adrian Russell ('Kim') Philby was one of the most remarkable spies in the history of espionage. It took him only nine years to rise through the ranks of the British Secret Intelligence Service to become, in 1949, at the age of thirty-seven, liaison officer to the CIA and FBI, a position that put him at the nerve center of the Western intelligence war against the Soviets. Yet Kim Philby--upper-class, Cambridge-educated, the quintessential Englishman--was also a KGB officer. Philby's defection to the Soviet Union in 1963 sent shock waves though the intelligence communities in London and Washington. It would take years before the extent of the damage he'd done to Western security could be fully assessed. Then, in the month before his death, twenty-five years after his defection, Philby talked at great length to British journalist Phillip Knightley, telling his story in its entirety for the first time. THE MASTER SPY has all the suspense, intrigue, and excitement of the great novels of espionage. As told here, Philby's story gives us an unprecedentedly clear, compelling picture of the man and the master spy, before and after defection. And it reveals, as never before, the dark, astonishing world that Philby both inhabited and--by virtue of the nature of his life--helped to create. Fine, in near-fine (price-clipped), mylar-protected dust jacket. B/M


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