In This Review

The Fourth Man
The Fourth Man
By Andrew Boyle
Dial Press, 1980, 504 pp

As full an account of the Philby-Maclean-Burgess Soviet spy group as we are likely to get without the internal documents. Especially notable are the new insights provided on the professional side by James Angleton, whose handling of the "Fifth Man" is far more important to history than the book's touted material concerning the Fourth, Anthony Blunt. From an American point of view the book makes it all too clear why these cases and the British handling of them did so much to destroy the wartime fabric of Anglo-American tight cooperation in secret intelligence.