Title: Burgess And Maclean
Author: John Fisher
Fisher, John (1977). Burgess And Maclean: A New Look At The Foreign Office Spies. London: Robert Hale
- Burgess, Guy, 1911-1963.
- Maclean, Donald, 1913-1983.
- Maclean, Melinda Marling, 1916-
- Great Britain. Foreign Office–Biography.
- Spies–Great Britain–Biography.
Date Updated: October 5, 2016
Reviewed by George C. Constantinides
Boyle’s The Climate of Treason, with its revelations of new names and material, provides us with a measuring rod for Fisher’s book, which was virtually contemporary. Fisher’s fails the test not only in missing Anthony Blunt but in never speculating on the “fourth man” or on who may have been the Soviet talent scout and recruiter at Cambridge. He massages old facts and theories and devotes much attention to details that are not central to the case and its significance. He is more successful in chronicling the record “of human weakness, of evasions on the part of friends, relatives, officials and politicians-above all politicians.” The manner in which these Soviet agents were tolerated and even accepted and their blatant weaknesses and behavior defended, rationalized, or ignored is well brought out. So is the way clues and even evidence were ignored or not passed to the proper authority and the way past official and personal conduct was rationalized once Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean were revealed as Soviet agents. Fisher discusses some important new counterespionage details that explain how Klaus Fuchs and Maclean were initially identified as possible Soviet agents. Pincher’s Their Trade Is Treachery has facts and makes allegations that are not even hinted at in this book.
 Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, p. 187