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Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.

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Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies"—Maclean, Philby, Blunt—brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.

Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.

"Lownie brilliantly succeeds in painting a very complete picture of this British spy." ---Library Journal

"[An] entertaining biography . . . Lownie amply demonstrates Burgess’ wily intelligence in navigating the spy’s life while often living so indiscreetly." ---Kirkus

"[A] well-researched biography . . . Thoroughly engrossing." ---Booklist

“A meticulously researched biography . . . An astonishing piece of research.” ---Sunday Times

Stalin's Englishman

Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

Author Andrew Lownie

Narrated by Steven Crossley

Publication date Jan 31, 2017

Running time 14 hrs 5 min

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