A thrilling new history of the most damaging nuclear spy ever to undermine the West, by an important scientific practitioner.
Frank Close is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University and Fellow Emeritus in Physics at Exeter College, Oxford. He was formerly Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics' in 1996, an OBE for 'services to research and the public understanding of science' in 2000, and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for communicating science in 2013.
A masterclass in thriller writing, it bears comparison with the
most gripping spy sagas of Ben Macintyre -- Graham Farmelo *
A brilliant new biography ... The book introduces crucial changes to ... the official version of events. -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *
Engrossing, brilliantly researched ... The scale of Fuchs's spying was astounding, as were its consequences -- Jay Elwes * Spectator *
He has delved into the archives to produce a remarkable story ... meticulous but highly readable -- Manjit Kumar * The Times *
Professor Close's thorough and sometimes exciting book is a great window into how the first nuclear weapons were developed, how the Soviets were able to recruit so many agents at the heart of the British state, and how Britain worked in the late 1940s. -- Clovis Meath Baker * Standpoint *
meticulously researched...thought-provoking -- Martin Uli Mauthner * AJR Journal *