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The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War

By: MacIntyre, Ben

024118665X / 9780241186657
Out of print
24 cm xii, 366 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (
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Illustrations on lining papers.

*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 historiansOn 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 for MI6. 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 espionage.

In The Spy and the Traitor Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of betrayal, duplicity and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever. 'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else.

The Spy and the Traitor may well be his best book yet' Evening Standard'A dazzling non-fiction thriller and an intimate portrait of high-stakes espionage' Guardian 'A real-life thriller, as tense as John le Carre's novels, or even Ian Fleming's' Economist


1DVUA Russia, BGH Biography: historical, political & military, HBG General & world history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HBW Military history, JPS International relations, JPSH Espionage & secret services

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