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Kim and Jim by Michael Holzman

Kim and Jim: Philby and Angleton, Friends and Enemies in the Cold War

Michael Holzman

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Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781474617802

How Kim Philby, master-spy and double agent, became the mentor of CIA boss James Angleton, then his mortal enemy, in the Second World War and Cold War

3 stars out of 5
10 Jan 2021

"Michael Holzman's biography of Kim Philby and Jim Angleton sheds light on the Cold War – but relies too much on guesswork"

The book has its flaws: it overplays the closeness of its subjects’ personal relationship and has a tendency – not unusual in dual biographies – to bounce around the chronology; it also includes too many long and undigested extracts from primary documents. Yet at its heart is a fascinating story, well told, of how one idealistic master spy and double agent caused serious damage to the strategic interests of the West; and how another, taught by the first and vehemently anti-Communist, tried to prevent such a betrayal from ever happening again.