Britain: The Old School Spy

What with Burgess and Maclean, Gordon Lonsdale and George Blake, Klaus Fuchs and Alan Nunn May, Britain's postwar years have often seemed to be a nonstop series of spy scandals. None of them ever produced the fascination and national soul-searching, however, that have marked the case of Harold ("Kim") Philby, the Communist double agent who became chief of British counterespionage operations against Russia. After four months of coverage by the British press, Philby's remarkable exploits are now the subject of a debate about the nature and value of the British Establishment, the traditional ruling class in...