Guy Burgess

  • by Stewart Purvis, Jeff Hulbert
  • Narrated by Andrew Cullum
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cambridge spy Guy Burgess was a supreme networker. He also set a gold standard for conflicts of interest, working variously for the BBC, MI5, MI6, the War Office, the Ministry of Information and the KGB. Yet Burgess was never challenged by Britain's spy catchers: his superiors were convinced he was too much of a liability to have been recruited by Moscow.
Now, with a major new release of hundreds of files into the National Archives, Purvis and Hulbert reveal just how this charming establishment insider was able to fool everyone for so long, without suspicion, all the while working for the KGB.

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What the Critics Say

"[An] excellent biography." (Financial Times)
"Adds much to a familiar story thanks to newly released files.... [Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert's] revelations leave us all the more astonished that such a smelly, scruffy, lying, gabby, promiscuous, drunken slob could penetrate the heart of the establishment without anyone apparently noticing that he was also a Soviet masterspy." (The Observer)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Eye-opening on one of the most infamous spies

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would if they're into history.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Guy, due to the complex version of his life we get.


Which character – as performed by Andrew Cullum – was your favorite?

All of them.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None that come to mind.


Any additional comments?

A must-have for any fans of books on the Cambridge Five.

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- brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2016
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing