Stalin's Englishman

  • by Andrew Lownie
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies" - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5, and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.
In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.
Through interviews with more than 100 people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.


What the Critics Say

"Lownie brilliantly succeeds in painting a very complete picture of this British spy." (Library Journal)


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A Time Capsule

Burgess' life in a well drawn picture of British schooling and politics during the first half of the 20th century. Very enjoyable taste of another place and time. History the way I like it.
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- Joanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio