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After reading this personal account by Tim Milne and his relationship to Kim Philby I am not much the wiser about the ins and outs of the actual spying charges or the misdeeds of Philby. This did not distract from my enjoyment of the book as in some ways the author's description of his upper class education at a certain time in Great Britain and his subsequent service in the War Office and then the Secret Services offers an interesting view of the social history of Britain and of the people who were influential in its development.
The author was often suspected of not telling the truth when he declared he was totally unaware of Philby's 'secret life but I think the whole point of being a spy is to be able to separate oneself from one's normal social life and one's secret life. On a lesser scale there have been men who had two wives and families without ever betraying themselves until being found out by authorities. It has definitely aroused my interest and as soon as other books dealing with the actual spying and geopolitics are in audible versions I will be one of the first to order them.
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