By Roger Hermiston
On three could 1961, after a tribulation carried out mostly in mystery, a guy named George Blake was once sentenced to an exceptional forty-two years in penal complex. on the time few info of his crimes have been made recognized. through his personal confession he used to be a Soviet undercover agent and rumours later circulated that his activities had endangered British brokers, however the purposes for the sort of critical punishment have been by no means published. To the general public, Blake used to be easily the best traitor of the chilly battle. but, as Roger Hermiston unearths during this exciting new biography, his tale touches not just the depths of treachery, but in addition the heights of heroism. In WWII the teenage Blake played sterling deeds for the Dutch resistance, sooner than creating a dramatic bid for freedom throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. Later recruited via British Intelligence, he speedy earned an exemplary popularity and was once entrusted with build up the Service’s networks in the back of the Iron Curtain. And, following a posting to Seoul, he additionally suffered for his followed state, whilst captured by means of North Korean infantrymen on the top in their brutal battle with the South. by the point of his liberate in 1953, Blake was once a hero, one of many Service’s brightest and most sensible officials. yet unbeknownst to SIS they have been harbouring a mole. Week after week, 12 months after yr, Blake used to be assiduously accumulating all of the very important records he may possibly lay his arms on and passing them to the KGB. Drawing on hitherto unpublished files from his trial, new revelations approximately his dramatic jailbreak from Wormwood Scrubs, and unique interviews with former spies, buddies and the fellow himself, the best Traitor sheds new gentle in this most intricate of characters and offers a desirable shadow heritage of the chilly War.
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