Of all the portraits of spies in novels, stories, biographies, and histories, the treatments of Harold “Kim” Philby seem to fascinate us the most. How else to explain the appearance of this British aristocrat turned Russian agent in so many books? Now Robert Littell revisits the life of Philby for a full-dress portrait in his latest, a novel that demonstrates his ability to create characters and plot that reveal the workings of individual lives amid the forces of politics and history.
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