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SPY & THE TRAITOR: The Greatest Espionage Story Of The Cold War

December 5, 2021|
SPY & THE TRAITOR: The Greatest Espionage Story Of The Cold War by Ben Macintyre
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The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.

If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation''s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union''s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.
     For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States''s nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky''s name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain''s obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.
     Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky''s nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre''s latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man''s hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.
Title:SPY & THE TRAITOR: The Greatest Espionage Story Of The Cold War
Product dimensions:368 pages, 9.53 X 6.42 X 1.24 in
Shipping dimensions:368 pages, 9.53 X 6.42 X 1.24 in
Published:December 5, 2021
Publisher:McClelland & Stewart
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780771060335

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