Books: Treason in Whitehall

MR. HAMISH GLEAVE (316 pp.)— Richard Llewellyn—Doubleday ($3.95).

On Friday, May 25, 1951, two British diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, took the 11:45 p.m. boat from Southampton to St. Malo, France, and disappeared in the direction of the Iron Curtain. Last fall Her Majesty's Stationery Office issued the official story of their defection (TIME, Oct. 3). The report's half-truth was accepted as a polite fiction. Now Novelist Richard Llewellyn (How Green Was My Valley) seems to offer some fiction as the impolite truth.

The affair, like the Hiss case, raised the momentous question: What could bring intelligent and apparently devoted servants of...

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