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A Divided Life: Biography of Donald Maclean

A Divided Life Biography of Donald Maclean This is a biography of one of the last of the ideological spies belonging to the important group the author calls the Cambridge Comintern Robert Cecil a close acquaintance of Maclean at Cambridge an

  • Title: A Divided Life: Biography of Donald Maclean
  • Author: Robert Cecil Lord Annan
  • ISBN: 9780370311296
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is a biography of one of the last of the ideological spies, belonging to the important group the author calls the Cambridge Comintern Robert Cecil, a close acquaintance of Maclean at Cambridge and in the Diplomatic Service with him at the time of his defection, also knew Philby, Blunt and Burgess He sees Maclean as Stalin s best source in Washington from 1944 48,This is a biography of one of the last of the ideological spies, belonging to the important group the author calls the Cambridge Comintern Robert Cecil, a close acquaintance of Maclean at Cambridge and in the Diplomatic Service with him at the time of his defection, also knew Philby, Blunt and Burgess He sees Maclean as Stalin s best source in Washington from 1944 48, where decisions about the post war world were being made A Divided Life also aims to shed light on Maclean s breakdown in Cairo and the disastrous impact on Anglo American relations of his defection in 1951 Robert Cecil was created a Companion of St Michael and St George in 1959 He has also written The myth of the Master Race and Hitler s Decision to Invade Russia.

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    1. As a research tool for an upcoming novel this was helpful. As a biography it does little but to provide key-points for further research. The author never gets below the skin of his subject, and I wonder if that is a function of his being a sometime close colleague of Donald. Working side-by-side with someone who is giving away every confidentiality you work on together must have been a galling experience, and rather than delve into it I get the impression Robert prefers to avoid judging the acti [...]

    2. An unsensational and not entirely unsympathetic account of the life of Donald MacLean. Robert Cecil a former colleague of MacLean follows his life from its formative years to his death in the SOviet Union in 1983. While this book was published in 1988 and so did not have the opportunity to exploit the loosening of archives in the immediate post-Soviet era Cecils knowledge of many of the figures and of the work of the diplomatic service make this an interesting read. As with any book dealing with [...]

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