The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War (Paperback)Ben Macintyre (author)
Britain’s pre-eminent espionage chronicler brings all the insight and white-knuckle suspense of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat to the story of extraordinary Cold War defector Oleg Gordievsky.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award 2019
Shortlisted for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2018
A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians
On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket.
The man was a spy for MI6. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB.
The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of espionage.
In The Spy and the Traitor Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of betrayal, duplicity and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
An incredible true life spy story...Every word ramps up the tension as you're drawn deeper into the danger - Mail on Sunday
If any spy writer were to put it in a novel, it would not be believed. But, blow by blow, trick by trick, it is all in Macintyre's book - Fredrick Forsyth
He writes like a novelist. One of the last chapters is as tense as any thriller. No wonder le Carré liked it - Daily Express
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I have previously read books by Ben MacIntyre (Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zig Zag etc) which were excellent reads. This is his latest book and is every bit as good as previous ones - if not better. It has the huge... More
This must rate as one of the best books that I have read in a long while. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written - pure Ben MacIntyre.
Very strongly recommended - you won't be disappointed.
“A fantatsic read”
Ben Macintyre never fails to deliver, and he has done it again. This reads as a fast-pace thriller, except the story is true and not a work of fiction. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.
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