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This book is a winner on several fronts. Burgess was a fascinating character and his life with its ups and downs and contradictions and ultimately sad ending is well worth a biography. Then there was Burgess' role within the Cambridge 5, one of the ultimate spy stories and one which still holds some secrets. Set for the most part against the background of pre-war and Cold War England, the book held my interest from start to finish although I did have to concentrate to keep on top of the big cast of characters. Andrew Lownie knows how to tell a gripping tale, and Simon Shepherd is a competent narrator.
Always been interested in the Cambridge spy ring so I really enjoyed this book.
The reader was excellent.
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Having just finished Ben MacIntyre's brilliant book on Kim Philby "A Spy among Friends" I found myself interested in that other Cambridge Spy, Guy Burgess, and was pleased to see this recommended by Audible. Like MacIntyre's book, this book does a brilliant job of showing more of the infamous man. Burgess, of all the spies, has had the worst reputation but Lownie describes a compellingly flawed and ideologically naive man. A particular strength of this book is that it does not, as so many do, treat Burgess's life after his defection as an epilogue but rather show the impact that his decision to defect had on Burgess and those close to him. A really great book for all spy aficionados and cold warriors!
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