Donald Maclean was one of the most treacherous spies of the Cold War era and a key member of the infamous "Cambridge Five" spy ring, yet the full extent of this shrewd, secretive man's betrayal has never been explored--until now. Drawing on a wealth of previously classified files and unseen family papers, A Spy Named Orphan meticulously documents his extraordinary story.--Provided by Publisher.
This account is compelling and beautifully researched and written, but it veers too far towards sympathizing with Maclean and his fellow traitors for my liking. As a historical biography I can happily rate it with four stars. I'm also contemplating which other books in my library have provided such a devastating critique of postwar, and post-Imperial, British foreign policy as this important book by Roland Philipps. There can't be many.