Roland Philipps & Gill Bennett
Spies Like Us: International Subversion and Fake News
Spies are expert at disseminating propaganda, and when the Zinoviev letter, an almost-certain forgery, was leaked to the Daily Mail just before the 1924 General Election, conspiracy theories abounded, which, according to author Gill Bennett, still reverberate in our era of fake news. Join Gill in conversation with Roland Philipps, whose new biography of Donald Maclean is an exhilarating take on this brilliant undergraduate, star diplomat, establishment insider and Soviet spy – the most enigmatic member of the Cambridge spy ring.
Chaired by Bridget Kendall, festival patron, Master of Peterhouse and former BBC correspondent in Moscow