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


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*Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize* *Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018* *A top 10 Sunday Times bestseller* 'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARRE A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians 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 ...

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Jason O

Jul 22, 2020

You Couldn't Make This Story Up!

What a remarkable account of an all too-important part of world history! Ben Macintyre is on a short list of authors who can lift a real-life, non-fictional story far above the shoulders of any fiction.
The entire cast of characters are laid out on the page and described in a way that I felt I could invite them to my home and talk like old friends. The underlying cost to Oleg Gordievsky was so massive, yet his ideals never faltered, and we are all better off because of it.
It's true what John Le Carre says when he writes "The best true spy story I have ever read". I certainly agree!
I'm fortunate to own a 1st Edition, signed by the author. It's one of my most treasured books because of the incredible sacrifices made by a man (certainly human like the rest of us, but with a skillset certainly unlike the rest of us) whose altruism helped create a huge impact for the sole benefit of those of us in the West who cherish our way of life. It also helps that the book was written by a master of objective historical storytelling!

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