The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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Publisher Description

*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 CARRÉ

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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GENRE
History
RELEASED
2018
20 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Books Ltd
SIZE
19.7
MB

Customer Reviews

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Wow

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Superb Read

Well written, interesting and an amazing story. Highly recommended. Thanks

triballus ,

Wonderfully accessible treatment of troubled times and a hero

A warmly written, observant and well argued account of an interesting individual, as well as of his time and effect on the world stage. A great window into the collective Russian perceptions of power, government, control and the West that persist today, with a continuing influence on world affairs.
... also a bloody good yarn of a very brave man with a healthy dislike of Dr. Hook !

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