Monthly Archives: August 2016

Stalin’s Englishman: the Lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie

This was a useful book, adding to my knowledge of an interesting time and phenomenon. It put forward a few things I had thought otherwise, eg he discounts the idea that Burgess deliberately engineered being sent home from the US so that he could warn Maclean. It seems feasible that there were other ways Maclean could be kept up to date.

I had always rather dismissed Burgess as a buffoon, but this book made me reassess this.


Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by Anthony Beevor

This is an account of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. It is well written and informative, as one would expect from the author.