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

The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities a...

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ISBN : 9780771060335
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Reviews

  • Peter

    Ben Macintyre's The Spy and the Traitor (2018) continues his serial saga of the real world of spies and tradecraft. If you're a Ben Macintyre fan, you'll love this book; if not, you aren't a Ben Macintyre fan. I am—sort of.

    The traitor and spy is KGB Colonel Olev Gordievsky, a KGB agent since 1961 who by 1985 had risen to station chief (rezident) of the London KGB station (rezidentura) in the Soviet Embassy. His father had been a KGB agent and his elder brother was an agent; the KGB was a family

  • Maine Colonial

    I don’t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don’t know why I don’t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky’s escape from Russia to Britain, because it’s a stunner.

    Macintyre tells Gordievsky’s story of following his father’s and brother’s footsteps to become a KGB officer; becoming disenchanted with his agency and country as a result of witnessing the building of

  • Mary


    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-quality information about their adversaries during the Cold War. The central figure in this revealing book is Oleg Antonyevich Gordievsky, a KGB agent who, after becoming a British asset, passed on reams of intelli ...more

  • John

    I echo the sentiments of other reviewers who said that this book reads like a novel. It kept me engaged throughout.

  • Val

    The title is not mere hyperbole. Based on the intelligence haul the British gathered from a single Soviet/Russian KGB officer turned-spy, and shared with the U.S., there isn't much debate that the central figure of this book was the greatest Cold War spy the West had. His story is amazing from start to finish.

    This book started off a little slowly, taking more time than necessary trying to give a detailed overview of Cold War spies, none of whom really influence the story of the greatest Cold War

  • Julie

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who’s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB’s London station, and all the while he provided MI6 with a cache of information that impacted politics on a global scale. Whether it was coaching Thatcher for her meeting with Gorbachev, identifying KGB agents within the UK, or providing insight into the ...more

  • Karen

    Fascinating true story and a great audiobook!