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A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean (MP3)
Written by:
Roland Philipps 
Read by:
Jonathan Keeble 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
15 hours 11 minutes 
MP3 size:
642 MB 
Published:
April 26 2018 
Available Date:
April 26 2018 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489441140 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Historical; World War II 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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A gripping tale of betrayal and counter-betrayal that tells the story of the most enigmatic member of the Cambridge spy ring – Donald Maclean.

Donald Maclean was a star diplomat, an establishment insider and a keeper of some of the West's greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy, driven by passionately held beliefs, whose betrayal and defection to Moscow reverberated for decades. Christened ‘Orphan’ by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was the perfect spy and Britain’s most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Moments before he was unmasked, Maclean vanished. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Roland Philipps now tells this story for the first time in full. Philipps unravels Maclean’s character and contradictions: a childhood that was simultaneously liberal and austere; a Cambridge education mixing in Communist circles; a polished diplomat with a tendency to wild binges; a marriage complicated by secrets; an accelerated rise through the Foreign Office and, above all, a gift for deception. Taking us back to the golden age of espionage, A Spy Named Orphan reveals the impact of one of the most dangerous and enigmatic Soviet agents of the 20th century, whose actions heightened the tensions of the Cold War.

'Donald Maclean was arguably the most valuable, and certainly the most troubled, of the Cambridge spies. Roland Philipps knows the world that formed him and has given us the fullest account we've yet had not only of his treason but of the conflicted man who committed it.'
Joseph Kanon, author of Defectors