The Greatest Traitor

  • by Roger Hermiston
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 3 May 1961, after a trial conducted largely in secret, a man named George Blake was sentenced to an unprecedented 42 years in jail. By his own confession he was a Soviet spy, but the reasons for such a severe punishment were never revealed.
To the public, Blake was simply the greatest traitor of the Cold War. Yet his story touches not only the depths of treachery, but also the heights of heroism.
Drawing on hitherto unpublished records from his trial, new revelations about his dramatic jailbreak from Wormwood Scrubs, and original interviews with former spies, friends and the man himself this audiobook sheds new light on this most complex of characters and presents a fascinating shadow history of the Cold War.


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Having just finished the highly enjoyable 'A Spy Among Friends' about Kim Philby, I wanted another book about the same era and subject matter so chose 'The Greatest Traitor' about George Blake. This is a very well written and researched account of Blake's life from his pre-war childhood in the Netherlands to his life today in suburban Russia. I had no idea that Blake had such a colourful life even before his notorious 1961 trial for spying for the Soviet Union. Like any good biography, I kept asking myself questions about Blake's motivation and kept trying to put myself in his shoes and, particularly of those who helped him escape from Wormwood Scrubs. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the period or just in a fascinating life story of an engaging but entirely flawed character. The book is well read by Michael Tudor Barnes, although his mastery of accents could have been better, in particular his Dutch approximation that had me wondering why there were so many Russians in the Netherlands in the 1930s!
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- Gill Corrigan


A very well researched book there is a lot I did not know about Blake.
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- mark f.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2013
  • Publisher: Soundings