Phi - Phz


Philby, Eleanor. The Spy I Married. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967. New York: Ballantine, 1968.

Wise, The New Republic, 25 May 1968, finds that "Philby's American wife Eleanor, a native of Seattle, is somewhat revealing of his character and possible motivation. Although heavily ghosted and written in an appalling woman's magazine style ..., there are some nuggets."


Philby, Harold A.R. ("Kim"). My Silent War. London: MacGibbon & Kee,1968. New York: Grove Press, 1968. New York: Dell, 1968. [pb] 2d ed. My Silent War: The Soviet Master Spy's Own Story. New York: Ballantine, 1983.


Philby, Rufina, Mikhail Lyubimov, and Hayden Peake. The Private Life of Kim Philby: The Moscow Years. London: St Ermin's, 1999. London: Little, Brown, 1999. New York: Fromm, 2000. New York: Little, Brown, 2003. [pb]

Clark comment: Philby's Russian wife from their marriage in 1970 to his death in 1988 tells her story. There is no real insight here to Philby the Spy, but seemingly honest glimpses of Philby the Expatriate, not even trusted by his KGB masters, come through. For Legvold, FA 79.3 (May-Jun. 2000), Rufina Philby "gives a simple account of their cloistered, privileged, but torpid existence.... One ... gets a good sense of what his existence was like under the perpetually watchful eye of the KGB."

A Publisher's Weekly, 1 May 2000, review notes that "[e]xcept for disclosing that her husband did 'an occasional job for the KGB' during his Moscow years, [Rufina Philby's] chronicle of marital domesticity sheds little light on Philby's political activities behind the Iron Curtain." The work includes some previously unpublished writings by Kim Philby and Hayden Peake's "useful, scholarly bibliographic essay [that] coolly reassesses the Philby saga by sifting the myths and distortions in a slew of books and articles."

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 37-00 (15 Sep. 2000), also points to the significance of Peake's bibliographic essay: "If there is a redeeming quality to the book, it is in the part written by ... Hayden Peake.... He provides an essay entitled 'The Philby Literature,' and covers the voluminous and contentious books on Philby in 157 annotated entries, divided in three sections -- case histories, books primarily devoted to Philby, and memoirs or intelligence-service histories that pertain to him.... Without Peake's contribution, the book would not be worth mentioning."

Schecter, I&NS 15.3, comments that "Peake's skillful, dedicated and fascinating exegesis of the Philby literature[] sheds new light on the man and the myths around him." This sentiment is shared by Bath, NIPQ, Summer 2001, who suggests that "[a]nyone coming late to the Philby story will find [Peake's] introduction to its vast literature invaluable."


Philipsen, Ingeborg. "Out of Tune: The Congress for Cultural Freedom in Denmark, 1953-1960." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 237-253.

The author notes that the formation of the Society for Freedom and Culture "was an all-Danish initiative," not the result of activities by the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF). Even when the CCF Secretariat tried to take a more active role with the national committee, controlling the Danish committee was not an easy task -- or perhaps was an impossible proposition.

[CA/Eur; OtherCountries/Denmark]

Phythian, Mark. "The British Experience with Intelligence Accountability." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 75-99.

"Fundamentally. the ISC [Intelligence and Security Committee] was set up to serve the executive.... Members are accountable to the Prime Minister, and beyond this to themselves collectively and individually. There is no parliamentary accountability." [Italics in original] Establishment of the ISC in 1994 can "be seen as represent[ing] a first step on the road to accountability.... [T]he time is ripe for a further step."


Phythian, Mark. Dictionary of Intelligence and Espionage. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2010.

From publisher: "While the focus is contemporary, entries on key intelligence cases ... offer important historical context. Each entry closes with suggestions for further reading."


Phythian, Mark.

1. "Hutton and Scott: A Tale of Two Inquiries." Parliamentary Affairs 58, no. 1 (Jan. 2005): 124-137.

2. "Intelligence, Policy-Making and the 7 July 2005 London Bombings." Crime, Law & Social Change 44, no. 4/5 (Dec. 2005): 361-385.

3. "Still a Matter of Trust: Post-9/11 British Intelligence and Political Culture." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 18, no. 4 (Winter 2005-2006): 653-681.

"[I]n the light of the revelations at the Hutton and, particularly, Butler inquiries, little public confidence exists in [the intelligence services'] capacity to determine matters concerning individual liberty.... While 9/11 and the subsequent 'war on terror' seemed likely to remove the mistrust that has historically attached to the work of MI5 and MI6, the events of 2002-2004 served instead to confirm it as a key element of British political culture."


Phythian, Mark. "The Perfect Intelligence Failure? U.S. Pre-War Intelligence on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction." Politics & Policy 34, no. 2 (Jun. 2006): 400–424.

"Through analyses of the findings of the reports of the 2004 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and President Bush's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, this article finds failures occurring at numerous points across the intelligence cycle including, despite the conclusions of these two inquiries, the policy-maker level."


Phythian, Mark, ed. Understanding the Intelligence Cycle. London: Routledge, 2013.

Peake, Studies 59.1 (Mar. 2015), says that "[e]ach of the contributions to this book suggests variations of the basic model. None presents a system that will work in all circumstances." Nevertheless, the book "provides a better understanding of the problem and should help professionals at all levels."


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