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

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Penguin Books Limited, 20. sep. 2018 - 384 sÝ­ur

*The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller*
*Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize*

*Bill Gates' Top 5 Books for 2020*

'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARR

A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians - now with a new afterword

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. 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 spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever...

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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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