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The Shadow Man: At the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle

The Shadow Man: At the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle
Geoff Andrews

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James Klugmann appears as a shadowy figure in the legendary history of the Cambridge spies. As both mentor and friend to Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and others, Klugmann was the man who manipulated promising recruits deemed ripe for conversion to the communist cause. This perception of him was reinforced following the release of his MI5 file and the disclosure of Soviet intelligence files in Moscow, which revealed he played the key part in the recruitment of John Cairncross, the 'fifth man', as well as his pivotal war-time role in the Special Operations Executive in shifting Churchill and the allies to support Tito and the communist partisans in Yugoslavia. In this book, Geoff Andrews reveals Klugmann's story in full for the first time, uncovering the motivations, conflicts and illusions of those drawn into the world of communism and the sacrifices they made on its behalf.

Author Info

Geoff Andrews is a writer, journalist and historian, who specialises in the history of Italy and of twentieth-century communism. His books include The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure; Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi and Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of British Communism.


‘This quite unapologetic and exciting biography rescues James Klugmann from the condescension of posterity and from those of us who regarded him (mistakenly) as simply a dull British communist apparatchik. By strongly contextualizing Klugmann's life, Geoff Andrews gives us a fuller picture of the man, an unswerving communist, a friend of the Cambridge spies, a recruit of Soviet intelligence, a senior SOE operative (under the nose of MI5), a great supporter of Tito before joining in Stalin's fatwa, and, yes, also an ultra-loyalist communist hack.’
Donald Sassoon, author of One Hundred Years of Socialism

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784531669
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2015
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 226
Width: 155
Illustrations: 15 bw integrated

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