A Different Class of Spy: the English men and women who spied for Soviet Russia
Richard Davenport-Hines looks at the English men and women who spied for Soviet Russia in the era of Lenin and Stalin, and places the Cambridge Spies (Burgess, Maclean, Philby, Blunt and Cairncross) in a wider social context.
With the exception of a few mercenary agents working for pay, these spies were committed to communism. After their detection they used the language of Marxist class warfare to explain their actions. In doing so, they deliberately damaged the efficiency, confidence and authority of Whitehall, began and invigorated campaigns against ‘the Establishment’ and did their greatest harm of all to the British political system. The nature of society was transformed by their treachery.
Richard Davenport-Hines is an historian and literary biographer, best known for his biography of the poet W. H. Auden.