The spy novel emerged from the intrigues of the mid-20th century for good reason. The war with the Third Reich involved an unseen cloak-and-dagger struggle between the participants, but beyond that, an even larger and longer contest took place in the shadows.
Communism gained its first major foothold in statehood with the success of the Russian Revolution at the end of World War I, a success bizarrely assisted by the massive funding provided to the revolutionaries by some Western businessmen. Armand Hammer’s father, Julius, for instance, gave the new Soviet Union $50,000 in gold to back their new currency. In exchange, he received asbestos mining and oil concessions, plus a pencil manufacturing monopoly in the USSR lasting until the Stalin era.
Soviet Russia followed a philosophy demanding international, global revolution - which, in practice, often resembled conquest by any means available, direct or indirect. While the Soviets never hesitated to use naked force when it seemed advisable, or when compelled to it by outside attack, they made intensive use of covert operations - spying, assassination, bribery, infiltration of governments and educational systems, the deployment of agents provocateur, and "agitprop" - in an effort to weaken other nations from within or possibly cause takeover by a friendly revolutionary regime.
Soviet agents operated in all European countries and others, but their main efforts naturally focused on the strongest potential rivals - Germany, the United States, and Great Britain. Intelligent, persistent, and ruthless, the Soviets succeeded in recruiting a considerable number of agents, including men from the British ruling class.
Their activities enabled the Soviets to capture and execute hundreds, if not thousands, of the opponents of their regime along with numbers of British agents. The men responsible for this unprecedented leaking of life-or-death information would enter history as the Cambridge Five - though in fact, they may have been only the core of a much larger group.
The Cambridge Five: The History and Legacy of the Notorious Soviet Spy Ring in Britain During World War II and the Cold War chronicles the war’s most infamous spy ring and its activities. You will learn about the Cambridge Five like never before.
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- 14 08 2018
Short on Content~ Spies for Russia 3 stars~
A brief glimpse into the Cambridge Spies.
This is a very short book. About 90 minutes. It is very short on details and is best described as an overview. The Russian (USSR) recruits each man who in turn help recruit other spies. They devote their time passing secrets to the Russian KGB. Over time intercepted radio messages are finally decoded called Venona by the US. When a clue to McClain's spying is found. McClain is headed to a complete mental breakdown. So fellow spy Burgess receives an order to *flea" to the USSR with McClain. Left behind is Philby who is soon a major suspect. It takes years for Philby to finally be nailed down as a spy and he leaves and is soon living in the USSR as an honored guest because of his spy history. This fills in the missing pieces how the British class system aided the good old boy network to make the spies above suspicion I would give it over all 5 stars.