Spymaster: The Betrayal Of MI5

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Spymaster: The Betrayal Of MI5

By William J. West
Wynwood Press, 1990
320 pp. $18.95
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West drives a few more nails into the coffin of the reputation of Sir Roger Hollis. Most of the material on Burgess, Maclean, Blunt, Philby and Hollis himself is depressingly familiar, but West puts it in a somewhat broader political and historical context than have predecessors on this subject, such as Chapman Pincher. He also alleges that Hollis, who was head of British counterintelligence from 1956 to 1965 (Hollis joined MI5 in 1938), had a concealed association with Claud Cockburn, depicted here not as the amiable left-wing writer known to British society, but as a dangerous Comintern operative. For dedicated mole hunters, amateur and professional.

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