Ben Macintyre’s bestselling historical books, Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag, have deservedly become modern classics for their brilliant combination of new research and gripping narratives. Examining some of the most fascinating espionage plots from the Second World War, they draw the reader into a world of danger, deceit and twisted plotting that rivals the fictional stories of Ian Fleming.
Now Ben has turned his attention to one of our local spies, as he brings us Spy Amongst Friends, a new examination of the double agent Kim Philby. Ringleader of the Cambridge Spies and the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, Ben has undertaken perhaps his most ambitious book yet to astounding effect.
Come along to hear Ben speak about the most notorious traitor of them all, and learn something of the motivations and cultural background that led to one of the most earth-shattering betrayals by a member of the British intelligence service.