- File Size: 4964 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Publisher: Thousand Eyes Publishing (October 6, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O92OFMY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Portrait of a Secret Agent who Knew Kim Philby Kindle Edition
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It is basically a biographical story about a British spy and a delightful love story on an interesting historical background. The wonderful part about the biography is that it is a true story. The full synopsis is at the end of this review
Most book reviews are subjective; with this book, it is very much the case me.
I am currently researching my next book, a biography. In Portrait of a Secret Agent Tina Tamman demonstrates her easy writing style and comprehensive research skills; weaving together information from personal letters, diarie,s, and her own research. At times she found incomplete information but has skilfully intertwined her sources so we have a clear picture of the life of Brian Giffey.
I am also relying on both personal reminiscences and research. Ms Tamman’s skills have been an inspiration for me.
Ms Tamman has demonstrated how to deal with incomplete research. I smiled when I read that Brian himself put down titles for biography chapters that were never written. I have the same problem and it oh so frustrating.
Of additional personal interest was that Brian’s wife, Anni, was Estonian and the town in Australia where I live was a settlement for Estonian refugees. They contributed greatly to the region and many of their descendants still live here today
This is an extremely well researched and well-written book with a story that is somewhat different to what you might expect. I highly recommend it to history buffs.
I received a mobi copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
This book is written well, and it is clear that the author has undertaken meticulous research. The life of Brian Giffey is chronicled in its entirety, including his service in the British forces, his becoming an agent for MI6, his many affairs and eventual falling head over heels in love with a young Estonian girl. Kim Philby used to be a British Secret Service agent, who subsequently defected to Russia, taking a lot of secrets and sensitive information with him. Brian Giffey knew Kim Philby, and was apparently deeply affected by his defection.
The author, in her research, appears to have been faced with missing diaries, papers, and information, but does a sterling job of piecing together this interesting life. The material is presented in a linear, orderly, and easy to follow manner, and plenty of references are given. This biographical account gives the reader a glimpse into old empire, life and service through both World Wars, and on into the Cold War years. The book contains direct excerpts and quotes from both Brian Giffey’s personal documents, including his poetry, and from accounts of those who knew him.
If you are interested in non-fiction biographies, and history, then you are likely to find this an intriguing read. It has a scholarly feel to it, and contains a wealth of information, and would be suitable for use as a research reference in its own right. I award a solid 8 out of 10 TRB stars, which equates to 4 out of 5 stars on other rating scales.
The author does an excellent job of piecing together personal, and sometimes fragmented, information to weave a fascinating narrative full of love, strife, cultural and political observations and above all, human connection. I would recommend this book to those interested in history or the secret service, but would also urge anyone who enjoys a good story from a uniquely human perspective to buy this book. You won't regret it.
Portrait of a Secret Agent tells the story of Brian Giffey, who served in the British military before joining MI6. It is Giffey's personal history set against the backdrop of world history.
While it was interesting reading about World War I and Giffey's personal life, I was disappointed there was not more detail when it came to espionage. The reader is told information was gathered, but not how it was gathered.
It was interesting to read about Giffey's personal life. Though the word was not in use during his lifetime, I believe today he would be described as polyamourous.
I do recommend this book, but please understand that if you read it you will not come away with any astonishing insight into the world of espionage. You will come away having read a fascinating biography.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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