The Week (US)

Spies, Lies, and Exile


by Simon Kuper (New Press, $28)

Even Kim Philby did less damage to Western intelligen­ce operations than fellow double agent George Blake, said Henry Hemming in The Wall Street Journal. Blake shares his story in this fascinatin­g book by the Financial Times’ Simon Kuper, who flew to Russia several years ago to interview the former MI6 officer. Blake is intriguing: charismati­c but self-deceiving. “The beauty of Spies is the manner in which Blake’s credulity is matched, blow for blow, by Kuper’s considered skepticism.”

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