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*

'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...

BEN MACINTYRE'S NEXT BOOK, COLDITZ, IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

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

Customer Reviews

Classical Diva ,

What a rollercoaster

Brilliantly written, and such compact narration, yet full of information that’s easy to digest … a real rollercoaster and exciting from start to finish. To think this is reality and not a work of fiction, blows your mind. I’d urge anyone to read this - “flawless”.

Tallpaul1878 ,

Sir Oleg

A brilliant and engrossing account of the most extraordinary double agent. A brave man who sacrificed everything for what he believed in. The West owe him a great debt of gratitude, as do those countries now free from the USSR

Northernpar ,

Brilliant read

A fantastic insight to cold war espionage that reads like a novel. So much so that from time to time you need to remind yourself that this is a true, factual account.

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