A Spy Named Orphan

A Spy Named Orphan

The Enigma of Donald Maclean

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Donald Maclean was one of the most treacherous spies of the Cold War era and a key member of the infamous "Cambridge Five" spy ring, yet the full extent of this shrewd, secretive man's betrayal has never been explored--until now. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified files and unseen family papers, A Spy Named Orphan meticulously documents his extraordinary story.--Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2018]
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Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780393608571
Characteristics: 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm

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May 17, 2018

"Donald McLean's conscience was inspired by his Victorian, church-going parents, and then was forged in the godless atmosphere of the General Strike, the Depression, and the rise of Fascism. He was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice for the largest number, the humanism referred to by Izvestia. His conscience and the fulfillment of the secret life enabled him to maintain his core beliefs through the purges and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and when many others fell away he continued to work for what he still believed in: resistance to the capitalist hegemony and atomic might of his wife's country. There is a purity about this consistency that makes his collapse into alcoholism ... all the more painful." This from Phillipps' conclusion gives the barest outline of the complex double life led by Maclean which is at the center of an intense spy vs. spy drama that reads like Le Carre (and of course helped to inspire the greatest of spy novelists).

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May 14, 2018

"Donald McLean's conscience was inspired by his Victorian, church-going parents, and then was forged in the godless atmosphere of the General Strike, the Depression, and the rise of Fascism. He was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice for the largest number, the humanism referred to by Izvestia. His conscience and the fulfillment of the secret life enabled him to maintain his core beliefs through the purges and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and when many others fell away he continued to work for what he still believed in: resistance to the capitalist hegemony and atomic might of his wife's country. There is a purity about this consistency that makes his collapse into alcoholism ... all the more painful." This from Phillipps' conclusion gives the barest outline of the complex double life led by Maclean which is at the center of an intense spy vs. spy drama that reads like Le Carre (and of course helped to inspire the greatest of spy novelists).

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