Tragicomic Guy Burgess reveals himself to have been 100% an NA type. Mercurial, intellectual, bisexual (mostly men), gregarious ("the spy who knew everyone"), alcoholic, unkempt (with "gravedigger's fingernails"), unprincipled, ruthless, he was a true loose cannon on the deck. He managed to avoid arrest until his defection to the Soviets mainly because no one took him seriously.
What makes this biography exemplary is that it is a continuous thread of first-person accounts of Burgess by people who met him and by many people who knew him very well. By the time one finishes reading this biography, one virtually can see him and hear him speaking.
My favorite quote (by the Marxist intellectual, G. Rees) would be:
"I suddenly had the slightly queasy feeling that I was talking to a lunatic..."
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