What’s in it for me? Learn what kind of deeper truths may lie beneath British manners and charm.

It’s hard not to romanticize the British espionage operations of the twentieth century. One moment, you’d be quietly studying Greek lyric verse by the fire of a Cambridge college, then, a finger would tap you on the shoulder and, next thing you knew, you’d be involved in derring-do and escapades across Europe and the Middle East.

In many ways, the story of Kim Philby is a reminder to avoid being taken in by such romance. Philby was a charming traitor who never wavered in his allegiance to Moscow, even as he rose through the ranks of British intelligence. The deaths caused by his treacherous actions may number in the thousands.

Philby remains the quintessential double agent. Indeed, he and his associated Cambridge spy ring inspired John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as well as numerous other works of fiction and film.

These blinks tell the thrilling tale of a man who worked as a Soviet mole in MI6 for longer than you would even think possible.

In these blinks, you’ll learn

  • which indiscreet drunkard was possibly the worst spy of all time;
  • what kind of charm can persuade a nation of your innocence; and
  • what handlers teach recently recruited spies.