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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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This is a very interesting because it shows that the conclusions of Alan Turing's personal story (Imitation Game) was a big lie. The star of this book is a basically an upper class, aristocratic pedophile. The guy was openly a communist and openly gay. If Burgess could make passes on men, expense his prostitutes in Turkey, and openly cavort with male prostitutes, then Turing's little crush on a particular dude was probably not a big deal.
Burgess basically flaunts his left wing politics in front of MI5 and MI6 people for years, then they are shocked when the dude is a spy and ineffective in his nominal job.
Why this book is worth reading is that people need to understand how we all give a pass to rich, upper-class "elites", even when they are disasters. Plus, we ignore talented people that don't have a personal background that we find non prestigious.
The Cambridge 6 basically sold out their country because people just assumed they could not be traitors.
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