This fall the Middlebury Community Public Library presents its monthly Let’s Talk about It lecture/book discussion series. The theme is “Spies: Heroes or Villains.” At each program, a guest lecturer will give a 45-minute presentation about the book topic, and after a short refreshment break, participants will break into small groups for a 30-to-45-minute facilitated discussions using questions provided by the lecturer.
November’s featured book is A Spy among Friends by Ben Macintyre. This nonfictional account of Kim Philby, the greatest spy in history, reads like a novel. Philby, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence during the Cold War, was secretly working for the Soviets. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, and grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work. But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was being transmitted back to Moscow.
Steven Gerenscer, professor of poliltical science at Indiana University South Bend, will present and lead the discussion.
Register and pick up a copy of the book at the library’s front desk. For more information, contact the library at 574.825.5601.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.