The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2019 - 370 sÝ­ur
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.

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Ums÷gn notanda  - Brumby18 - LibraryThing

Excellent read - I found the plot better than bond, the characters richer and braver than any fictionous, and the feeling captured by the author of the participants exceptional. not mental chacolate but food for thought in this turbulent time. read with confidence and concern. Read full review

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Ums÷gn notanda  - usuallee - LibraryThing

Exciting, vivid real-life spy thriller! Very smoothly written, I'll definitely seek out Macintyre's other books. Narrative nonfiction at its most compelling. Read full review

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Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Sonya, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

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