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The Spy And The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story Of The Cold War

byBen Macintyre

Hardcover | September 18, 2018

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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.
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Title:The Spy And The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story Of The Cold WarFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.53 × 6.42 × 1.24 inShipping dimensions:9.53 × 6.42 × 1.24 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771060335

ISBN - 13:9780771060335

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from True stories make the best reads Very informative and colourful description of the spy world. Details how nearly impossible it is to escape communist Russia. Nail biter towards the end.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They need to make this into a movie! One of the best books I have read this year. It is very difficult to put down. Ben Macintyre really puts you in Oleg Gordievsky’s shoes with his writing style. This would make an excellent motion picture if it follows the book exactly. The contributions by Gordievsky help shape decisions made by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. If you love history, don’t pass up on “The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War”.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing... A mesmerizing account of the Gordievsky affair, of particular interest to those who've lived in Scandinavia and been to Moscow, and heaven forbid had glancing acquaintance with the intelligence world.
Date published: 2018-10-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Spy and the Traitor: “The best true spy story I have ever read.” —John Le Carré   “Readers seeking a page-turning spy story, look no further. The author of A Spy Among Friends and Agent Zigzag, among others, does it again, this time delivering a Cold War espionage story for the ages . . . another can’t miss account of intrigue and intelligence.” —Boston Globe   “[A] swift-moving tale of true espionage in the most desperate years of the Cold War. . . . The closing pages of Macintyre’s fluent yarn find Gordievsky attempting to escape captivity and flee to the West in a scenario worthy of John le Carré. . . . Oddly timely, given the return of Russian spying to the front pages, and a first-rate study of the mechanics and psychology of espionage.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “[A] captivating espionage tale . . . In a feat of real authorial dexterity, Macintyre accurately portrays the long-game banality of spycraft—the lead time and persistence in planning—with such clarity and propulsive verve that the book often feels like a thriller. The book has a startling relevancy to the news of the day. . . . Macintyre has produced a timely and insightful page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “Pick up any current true-crime spy book and you’ll probably see a version of this phrase on the cover: ‘The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told.’ Most of them don’t live up to the billing, but the latest by Ben Macintyre comes close. . . . What makes this read propulsive is the way Macintyre tells the story almost as a character-driven novel . . . Macintyre’s way with details, as when he explains exactly how the KGB bugged apartments, or when he delves into KGB training, is utterly absorbing. The action is punctuated with plenty of heart-stopping near-discoveries, betrayals, and escapes. Fascinating, especially now.” —Booklist (starred review)   “Fans of narrative nonfiction, the Cold War, spy stories, foreign relations among the United States, England, and Russia, and Macintyre’s previous works will greatly enjoy this incredible true account.” —Library Journal (starred review)