The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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"Oleg Gordievsky was a spy like no other. The product of a KGB family and the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Russian eventually saw the lies and terror of the regime for what they were, a realization that turned him irretrievably toward the West. His KGB career took flight in Copenhagen in 1966 and eventually brought him to the highest post in the KGB's London station— but throughout that time he was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. Gordievsky was a spy of tremendous consequence. As the Cold War heated up in the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, he provided critical information that foiled Soviet plots, exposed spies in the West, and ultimately avoided catastrophic nuclear escalation between the great powers. When Thatcher declared in 1984 that Mikhail Gorbachev was 'a man one could do business with,' it was largely because of information provided by Gordievsky. No Western country had ever run a spy so high up in Russian intelligence, which is why M16 fiercely guarded Gordievsky's identity, even from the CIA. But the American spy agency was bent on discovering the British source, unaware that their head of counterintelligence— Aldrich Ames— was secretly spying for the Soviets. A riveting story of intrigue set in the Cold War's twilight, [this book] sounds frightening echoes of today, when Russian spies are once again front-page headlines and superpower conflict dominates the globe. Writing with deep access to all of the key players in a drama that has never before been fully revealed, Ben Macintyre has produced a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a thrilling tale of impossibly high stakes and one man's brave gamble on his belief in democracy and freedom." -- Page [2] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781101904190
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 Ma
Characteristics: viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm


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Apr 25, 2019

Super! Fascinating, nonfiction story of a true hero. Exciting and hard to put down. I loved this book.

Apr 19, 2019

"The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War" is work of NONFICTION! One hundred million people died (executed, man made famine) in the name of communism during the twentieth century. Mostly in Russia and China.
Consider what happened recently to Skripals (father and daughter), Litvinenko and a few others in England. It only confirms that communism, Putin and Xi Jinping are all still with us! Nazism and Communism are two of the most destructive social systems of the Twentieth century!
It is absolutely unbelievable that somebody could write such comments like:
"Repetive to the point of boredom.
Well written novel of espionage during the Cold War - a real page turner!"
There is simple explanation. They do not like what is written about them. One of them actually has spelling mistake "repetive", instead of repetitive.

Apr 04, 2019

Ignore the negative comment. This book is a real page turner and a must read.

Mar 31, 2019

riveting, you won't be able to put it down, nor even be able to breathe for the last 100 pages

Feb 26, 2019

One of the best spy books I have read plus the story is true.

Dec 30, 2018

One of the best reads in quite a while. A real page turner. This guy (Oleg Gordievsky) may have kept us out of a hot war with Russia. From people I know in the CIA I know Russia was paranoid but I don't think we would have known how paranoid without him. Reagan was putting pressure on the USSR and without the info from Oleg he may have pushed too far. Read "Oceans Ventured" by Lehman.

Dec 26, 2018

Repetive to the point of boredom.

Nov 25, 2018

Well written novel of espionage during the Cold War - a real page turner!

Nov 14, 2018

wow very well written book keeps you on your toes right to the end


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