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Donald and Melinda Maclean, a Traitorous Spy Team

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Title: Donald and Melinda Maclean, a Traitorous Spy Team

Description: Join us as Steve talks with historian Michael Holzman about the dynamic duo of deception, Donald and Melinda Maclean. Donald Maclean lived an incredible lifestyle. He traveled in all of the most important circles of the British Foreign Service, until the authorities began circled around him because he was a spy for the Soviet Union. Then Maclean disappeared, only to show up in Moscow where he lived a second life as a Soviet Academic.

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Michael Holzman author of:
Spies and Traitors: Kim Philby, James Angleton and the Friendship and Betrayal that Would Shape MI6, the CIA and the Cold War

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[00:00:00] Thank you again for joining us today, I am very excited to be joined by special guest Michael Holtzman, author of the book, Donald and Melinda McClain idealism and espionage. Michael is the author of numerous books, including James Jesus Angleton, the CIA and craft of intelligence, a biography of guy Burgess, spies, and trends.
Kim Philby James Angleton and the friendship and betrayal that would shape my sex as well as a novel packs. 1934 through 41. Michael has been on the show previously to talk about James Angleton, Kim Philby and Klaus Fuchs through his book on. Spies and traders. So I think this will fit in very well with this.
So today we're going to talk about another spy trader story, which is related to the others. We have talked about the subject today is the dynamic duo of double crossing Donald and Melinda McLean. Their story's more [00:01:00] c
March 21, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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