|Plot Summary of The Climate of Treason|
This book is about Philby, Burgess, MacLean and Blunt, the four English spies who delivered secret informations to the KGB from the mid-thirties to the early fifties when Burgess and MacLean had to leave England in a hurry in order to escape the British jails. The author describes how these men, who all came from the British bourgeoisie, discovered Marxism at the University of Cambridge and decided then to betray their country in order to help the Soviets.
As diplomat (MacLean), secret agent of the MI5 (Philby) or journalist (Burgess), they were all in terrific positions to collect valuable informations such as the progress of the development of the atomic bomb by the Americans or the names of the British secret agents in Europe. Burgess, MacLean and finally Kim Philby in 1963 evaded to Moscow to end their life as heroes of the Soviet people. Blunt managed to work out a deal with the British Intelligence and could stay in London without passing a single day in prison.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of The Climate of Treason|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
History of cloak & dagger?
- British Intelligence
Subjects of this Historical Account
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
From a certain profession/group?
Intelligence of subject of
- Washington D.C.
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is very moderate
How much gore?
- 1 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 3 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on history of key players
How much romance?
- 2 ()
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- homosexuals doing their thing
Minor characters feature lots of:
Length of book
- 350-400 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 5 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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