To his friends and students Dr Berlin is a successful academic at the Moscow Institute of History and leads the privileged life of a Party member. But he is also the secret servant of a corrupt regime, an informer who betrays his friends and ...
colleagues alike. Sickened by his own weakness, weary of his life of deception, he is trapped in a morally empty world where he plays his part in manufacturing the lies that conflict with what he knows to be true. This is the late summer of 1961. Stalin is long dead, Gagarin has circled the world in a space craft. A huge armoury of Soviet missiles threatens the West. The Soviet Union appears confident and war fever infects the West, bringing ever closer the spectre of nuclear conflict. On the eve of his departure to lecture at Cambridge University, Dr Berlin is asked by a disillusioned faction in the Soviet military to deliver a secret message to the West about its true capacity and so prevent the conflict expected throughout the world. But can the arch liar redeem his life of deception through one courageous act? Dr Berlin is the last novel in Francis Bennett's brilliant Cold War trilogy, which began with Making Enemies and was followed by Secret Kingdom.