The world first heard of Klaus Fuchs, the head of theoretical physics at the British Research Establishment at Harwell in February 1950 when he appeared at the Old Bailey, accused of passing secrets to the Soviet Union. For over sixty years disinformation and lies surrounded the story of Klaus Fuchs as the Governments of Britain, the United States and Russia all tried to cover up the truth about his treachery.
he Spy Who Changed the World unravels the truth about Fuchs and reveals for the first time his long career of espionage. It proves that he played a pivotal role in Britain’s bomb programme in the race to keep up with the United States in the atomic age, and that he revealed vital secrets about the atom bomb, as well as the immensely destructive hydrogen bomb to the Soviet Government.
This was a really fascinating book, its hard to believe that it actually happened. It feels more like a spy novel than an account of real events. Rossiter did a really good job of collating all the information available into a readable narrative. No easy feat considering the amount of information still classified.
I really enjoyed this book. It makes you feel sorry for Fuchs, he was undoubtably a brilliant physicist and an even better spy. Fuchs must have believed that what he was doing would help to achieve a balance between East and West. The only thing I would liked to have known more about is why he decided to turn himself in to MI6, unfortunately since Fuchs and his wife are now both dead that is something we will never know.
*I received a copy of this book from Headline in exchange for an honest review.