"The Philby story has been told many times, but never with such sensitivity. Almost inadvertently, Ben Macintyre, a "Times "columnist, provides a devastating critique of the British class system and the disasters that result when people assume they know people..." A Spy Among Friends" is an extraordinary book about a sordid profession in which the most important attribute is the ability to lie.... Macintyre's focus on friendship brings an intimacy to this book that is missing from the cardboard stereotypes that populate spy novels and conventional espionage histories...I'm not a lover of spy novels, yet I adored this book." -"The Times of London"
"""Macintyre writes with the diligence and insight of a journalist, and the panache of a born storyteller, concentrating on Philby's friendship with and betrayal of Elliott and of Angleton, his pathetically dedicated admirer at the top of the CIA. Macintyre's account of the verbal duel between Elliott and Philby in their final confrontation in Beirut in 1963 is worthy of John le Carre at his best."-"The Guardian"
""A Spy Among Friends," a classic spookfest, is also a brilliant reconciliation of history and entertainment...An unputdownable postwar thriller whose every incredible detail is fact not fiction...[a] spellbinding narrative...Part of the archetypal grip this story holds for the reader is as a case study in the existential truth that, in human relations, the Other is never really knowable. For both, the mask became indistinguishable from reality..."A Spy Among Friends "is not just an elegy, it is an unforgettable requiem." -"The Observer"
"Ben Macintyre's bottomlessly fascinating new book is an exploration of Kim Philby's friendships, particularly with Nicholas Elliott... Other books on Philby may have left one with a feeling of grudging respect, but "A Spy Among Friends" draws out his icy cold heart...This book consists of 300 pages; I would have been happy had it been three times as long." -show more