Tue June 26 – Roland Philipps – A Spy Named Donald Maclean

In our 3rd hour, Historian Roland Philipps will discuss the never-before told story of Donald Maclean, who was a British diplomat and member of the Cambridge Five who acted as spies for the Soviet Union.


Roland Philipps is the grandson of Roger Makins, Maclean’s former boss and the last man to see him before his defection; his other grandfather was, like Maclean, a lifelong communist.

Roland Philipps worked as a publisher for thirty years, most recently as publishing director of Hodder and Stoughton and managing director of John Murray, and published a great deal of twentieth-century history which is one of his passions. He left publishing to write full time at the beginning of 2017. He currently resides in London.


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