Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviets. He was recruited by Soviet intelligence in In he began working for MI6. By the end of the Second World War he had become a high-ranking member of the British intelligence service. In Philby was appointed first secretary to the British Embassy in Washington and served as chief British liaison with American intelligence agencies. During his career as an intelligence officer, he passed large amounts of intelligence to the Soviet Union, including an Anglo-American plot to subvert the communist regime of Albania.
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In the annals of espionage, one name towers above all others: that of H. A member of the British establishment, Philby joined the Secret Intelligence Service in , rose to the head of Soviet counterintelligence, and, as M16's liaison with the CIA and the FBI, betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians, fatally compromising covert actions to roll back the Iron Curtain in the early years of the Cold War.
Written from Moscow in , My Silent War shook the world and introduced a new archetype in fiction: the unrepentant spy. Kim Philby was history's most successful spy. He was also an exceptional writer who gave us the great iconic story of the Cold War and revolutionized, in the process, the art of espionage writing.
Harold Adrian Russell 'Kim' Philby was born in Ambala, India, in , where his father was a high-ranking civil service officer. After working as a journalist, Philby was recruited into the British Secret Intelligence Service in where he rose through the ranks. He was, however, working as a double agent for the KGB, continuing to do so until his defection to the Soviet Union in He wrote My Silent War in and lived out the rest of his life in Russia, where he died in , an official Soviet hero.
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Review: My Silent War: The Autobiography of a Spy by Kim Philby — a monster unmasked
My Silent War: The Autobiography of a Spy
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