Phillip Knightley is the author of The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby and the Second Oldest Profession. He has written on espionage for, among others, the London Sunday Times, The New York Times, and the London Review of Books. He is currently Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln in England. (April 2007)

IN THE REVIEW

Turning the Philby Case on Its Head

Deceiving the Deceivers: Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, and Guy Burgess

by S.J. Hamrick
Nothing, not even the spy fiction of John le Carré, Len Deighton, or Charles McCarry, compares with the real-life story of the Ring of Five. Not only was the group made up of five members of the British establishment—Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross—who had …