Spies, Lies, and Exile: The Extraordinary Story of Russian Double Agent George Blake


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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Kuper is a British author and journalist for the Financial Times. Kuper was born in Uganda to South African parents in 1969, and moved to the Netherlands as a child. He studied history and German at Oxford University, and attended Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He has written for The Observer, The Times, and The Guardian and also writes regularly for Dutch newspapers. He lives in Paris with his family.


Praise for Spies, Lies, and Exile:
"Simon Kuper tells this extraordinary tale with wit and vim in his entertaining account of the spy's life."
--The Economist

"[A] wise, engaging biography."
--The Spectator (London)

"The most comprehensive and insightful biography to date."
--Ben Macintyre, The Times

"A good account of a good story . . . a sceptical wit in judging his man and the secret world he inhabited."
--Max Hastings, Sunday Times

"Kuper provides a different and valuable perspective, humane and informative. If the definition of a psychopath is someone who refuses to accept the consequences of his actions, does George fit the definition? There he sits, admitting it was all for nothing, but has no regrets. Or does he?"
John le Carré

"Truly enthralling, gets under the skin, gives us a more nuanced sense of who Mr. Blake--or is it Comrade Blake?--really was, and what, if anything, actually motivated him. It's a deeply human read, wonderfully written, on the foibles of a fascinating, flawed, treacherous and sort of likeable character."
--Philippe Sands