By Ben Macintyre

ISBN-10: 1408851741

ISBN-13: 9781408851746

Kim Philby used to be the main infamous British defector and Soviet mole in historical past. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed each mystery of Allied operations to the Russians within the early years of the chilly War.

Philby's closest neighbors within the intelligence international, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence leader, notion they knew Philby higher than an individual, after which chanced on that they had now not identified him in any respect. this can be a tale of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, belief and treachery, category and moral sense; of an ideological conflict waged through males with cut-glass accents and well-made matches within the cozy golf equipment and eating places of London and Washington; of male friendships cast, after which systematically betrayed.

With entry to newly published MI5 records and formerly unseen relations papers, and with the cooperation of former officials of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what's might be the final nice mystery of the chilly War.

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Meanwhile Franz Brentano established a branch of his firm in Vienna. Beethoven spent a lot of time in their house, enjoying the music-making, and became a good friend of both Antonie and Franz, and when she was ill he visited her frequently, sitting in the antechamber and improvising at the piano. She later said that Beethoven had been the only person who could console her during her periods of illness after her father’s death. In January 1811 she told her brother-in-law, Clemens Brentano, that she worshipped Beethoven, and it may be that sometime during 1811 or 1812 her admiration for the great composer turned into love.

The theatre was packed and the audience enthusiastic. Beethoven did not conduct but he helped to direct by beating time and when, at the end of the scherzo movement in the Ninth Symphony, the audience broke out into applause, the contralto soloist, realizing that Beethoven was unaware of it, turned him round so that he could see the ovation. But to Beethoven’s disappointment the concert made a profit of only 420 florins, and at the celebration dinner afterwards he accused the theatre management and Schindler of cheating him.

Already, in May, he had written to Ferdinand Ries complaining about the high cost of boarding school: ‘hence I shall have to start a proper household where I can have him to live with me’,5 and in the Tagebuch in 1817 he wrote of the importance of children being brought up at home. In the mean- time, in April 1817, he moved his lodgings closer to the school. He began a lengthy correspondence with Nanette Streicher, wife of the piano manufacturer Johann Andreas Streicher, asking her advice over the care of his nephew.

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