The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War [PDF] ✅ The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War By Ben Macintyre – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 The celebrated author of A Spy Among and the eBook ☆ 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 UnionIf anyone The Spy Epub / 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 Spy and the PDF/EPUB ã communism as both criminal and philistine He took his first posting for Russian intelligence inand eventually became the Soviet Union s top man in London, but fromon he was secretly working for MI 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 and brought the world closer to the brink of war Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI never revealed Gordievsky s name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain s obviously top level source Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets Unfolding the delicious three way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat by beat of Gordievsky s nail biting escape from Moscow in , Ben Macintyre s latest may be his best yet Like the greatest novels of John le Carr , it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man s hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.


About the Author: Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is a writer at large and the eBook ☆ for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries The Spy Epub / of his work.



10 thoughts on “The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

  1. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 superb, exciting, edge of your seat stars 10th Favorite Read of 2018 Award Mr MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies.Mr Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M 16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed England important information that may have led not only to our world being safe from nuclear disaster but perhaps also to the dissolution of the Soviet Union The author was able to interview 5 superb, exciting, edge of your seat stars 10th Favorite Read of 2018 Award Mr MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies.Mr Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M 16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed England important information that may have led not only to our world being safe from nuclear disaster but perhaps also to the dissolution of the Soviet Union The author was able to interview Mr Gordievsky over several visits as well as many other M 16, KGB, CIA and other European secret agents He also read countless other source materials but was not privy to secret documents held by the superpowers Mr Gordievsky s two ex wives, colleagues, friends and enemies were also given a voice in this riveting and information packed book This reader was enthralled, thrilled and riveted Mr MacIntyre has a supreme ability to write a true story with both a factual and compassionate touch injecting just enough humor about some of the antics and errors that occurred by various players along the way I also loved Margaret Thatcher s involvement in this story and her admiration and support of this gentleman and who was known to her as Mr Collins Mr Gordievsky greatly assisted her in improving Anglo Russian relations Do yourself a favor and pick this up for your favorite Uncle at Christmas but read it before you gift it Shhhh I won t tell.Mr Oleg Gordievsky


  2. Susan Susan says:

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book evenrelevant Ben Macintyre takes us back to the 1980 s and the Cold War, with his usual brand of, almost schoolboy, enthusiasm and ability to give the most important, political events, the human angle necessary to make you care about those involved This, then, is the story of Operation Pimlico an emergency escape plan by which MI6 planned to remove Oleg Gordievsky, a KG Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book evenrelevant Ben Macintyre takes us back to the 1980 s and the Cold War, with his usual brand of, almost schoolboy, enthusiasm and ability to give the most important, political events, the human angle necessary to make you care about those involved This, then, is the story of Operation Pimlico an emergency escape plan by which MI6 planned to remove Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer, and British spy, from Russia and spirit him away to safety in England We begin with the biography of Gordievsky, the son of a KGB officer, who grew up all too aware of how those around him often lived a double life and whose fascination with foreign countries, led him to do his best to take up a posting abroad When dissatisfaction and disillusionment, with the Soviet Union, led to him being flagged as a person of interest, it was not long before the British made a move to recruit him What follows is the fascinating tale of how the British managed to move their spy into better, anduseful, posts even undertaking to do his daily work, when he was posted in London, so he could spendtime spying However, when Gordievsky found himself recalled to Russia, and with a traitor about to reveal his identity, it was essential that the British rescue him something that Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was keen that MI6 do their best to do, regardless of the danger Of course, being an escape plan hatched by the British, this is less about spy planes andabout Safeway carrier bags, Kit Kats and a baby s dirty nappy This is full of tension, with a great understanding of the world of espionage, as you would expect from Ben Macintyre, including the rather competitive alliance between the British and the Americans and the real human cost of Gordievsky s decision to lead a double life This audio edition was delightfully told by Ben Macintyre and it was a joy to have the author read his own book I have never read a book by Mr Macintyre that I have no loved and, I am glad to say, this was no exception ,


  3. Laura Noggle Laura Noggle says:

    Warning Do not start the final third unless you have nothing else to do.Literally could not stop I was at the edge of my seat.What A Story Riveting and unputdownable Reads like a movie instead of a real life tale.Will be readingBen Macintyre.


  4. Lou Lou says:

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story isrelevant than ever, and I suspect it will always be of interest to those who enjoy this genre Ben MacIntyre is a fantastic writer and knows exactly how to grab the reader and hold them in place from first page to last I found this as compelling and thrilling as any fiction book would be Accurate and meticulously researched, this is a book not to be missed I will be sure to look out for any future work the author With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story isrelevant than ever, and I suspect it will always be of interest to those who enjoy this genre Ben MacIntyre is a fantastic writer and knows exactly how to grab the reader and hold them in place from first page to last I found this as compelling and thrilling as any fiction book would be Accurate and meticulously researched, this is a book not to be missed I will be sure to look out for any future work the author decides to publish as it is evident he is a very gifted writer I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book


  5. Brandon Forsyth Brandon Forsyth says:

    Macintyre s best yet A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller That being said, it s pretty clear that the book s sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misremembering motivations, there s not a strong voice to counteract the overall tone of the narrative SIS officers and agents are providing here Still, that s not really why I read Ben Macintyre I read him for the p Macintyre s best yet A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller That being said, it s pretty clear that the book s sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misremembering motivations, there s not a strong voice to counteract the overall tone of the narrative SIS officers and agents are providing here Still, that s not really why I read Ben Macintyre I read him for the pulse pounding you are there writing, the amazing stranger than fiction details, and the brave actions of individuals in shaping the course of history On all of those metrics, this book delivers and delivers and delivers There were two moments that literally had me holding me breath here The courage and intelligence of those involved in this story are truly inspiring Not to be missed


  6. Diane Diane says:

    Another fascinating spy story from Ben Macintyre The Spy and the Traitor focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, who was a KGB agent but was also secretly spying for the British intelligence service in the 1970s and 80s.I didn t know much about Gordievsky before starting this book, which made the true story seem all theincredible Previously I had read and enjoyed Macintyre s A Spy Among Friends, which was about Kim Philby, a British agent who was secretly spying for the KGB If you are intereste Another fascinating spy story from Ben Macintyre The Spy and the Traitor focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, who was a KGB agent but was also secretly spying for the British intelligence service in the 1970s and 80s.I didn t know much about Gordievsky before starting this book, which made the true story seem all theincredible Previously I had read and enjoyed Macintyre s A Spy Among Friends, which was about Kim Philby, a British agent who was secretly spying for the KGB If you are interested in Cold War history, this is a great read Highly recommended.Opening Passage of Chapter 1 Oleg Gordievsky was born into the KGB shaped by it, loved by it, twisted, damaged, and very nearly destroyed by it The Soviet spy service was in his heart and in his blood His father worked for the intelligence service all his life, and wore his KGB uniform every day, including weekends The Gordievskys lived amid the spy fraternity in a designated apartment block, ate special food reserved for officers, and spent their free time socializing with other spy families Gordievsky was a child of the KGB


  7. Cindy Burnett Cindy Burnett says:

    The Spy and the Traitor is the true tale of Oleg Gordievsky, a high level KGB agent, who worked as a double agent for Great Britain and MI6 Gordievsky helped bring about the demise of the Soviet Union, and The Spy and the Traitor details his career and the story of how a CIA agent was almost his downfall It is a fabulous, nail biting read that flows like a fast paced thriller especially as the author carefully unveils the details of Gordievsky s exciting escape from Moscow in 1985 In an era w The Spy and the Traitor is the true tale of Oleg Gordievsky, a high level KGB agent, who worked as a double agent for Great Britain and MI6 Gordievsky helped bring about the demise of the Soviet Union, and The Spy and the Traitor details his career and the story of how a CIA agent was almost his downfall It is a fabulous, nail biting read that flows like a fast paced thriller especially as the author carefully unveils the details of Gordievsky s exciting escape from Moscow in 1985 In an era where relations with Russia are sinking lower and lower, Macintyre s tale hits close to home


  8. Kevin M Kevin M says:

    An exceptional read Everything you could want from a spy story descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants distressing terror And all thecaptivating for it all being true The names have been changed, but the events spanning around two decades during the height of the Cold War are all very much non fiction Oleg Gordievsky, starting when merely a newly minted KGB man in C An exceptional read Everything you could want from a spy story descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants distressing terror And all thecaptivating for it all being true The names have been changed, but the events spanning around two decades during the height of the Cold War are all very much non fiction Oleg Gordievsky, starting when merely a newly minted KGB man in Copenhagen, was approached by MI6 through Denmark s own security service From there an astounding relationship blossoms, as Comrade Oleg rises to the rank of Colonel, and head of the KGB in London.Read this book if you love spy stories read this book if you love finding out about little known facets of international relations and Cold War history read this book if you ve ever wondered about what kind of character, and will power could propel a person through two decades of lying to everyone around him, colleagues and loved ones included, in order to survive and do what he thought of as the only moral choice available to him.Read This Book


  9. Alex Givant Alex Givant says:

    Excellent account on life of Oleg Gordievsky if you want to check for his autobiography check Next Stop Execution The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky Ben Macintyre knows how to write about spies what make them moving and doing stuff they did Another great books just finished recently is A Spy Among Friends Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Both are highly recommended Excellent account on life of Oleg Gordievsky if you want to check for his autobiography check Next Stop Execution The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky Ben Macintyre knows how to write about spies what make them moving and doing stuff they did Another great books just finished recently is A Spy Among Friends Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Both are highly recommended


  10. Harry Buckle Harry Buckle says:

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authorsalthough possibly that should say favourite reporters Because report is what he doesand he does it really well Taking both well known and new to me episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling reporting them in riveting style Crimes, wars, politics, people, espionage I just checked out his list of titles and I would or have, given all of them well deserved five star reviews All well deserved for their metic Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authorsalthough possibly that should say favourite reporters Because report is what he doesand he does it really well Taking both well known and new to me episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling reporting them in riveting style Crimes, wars, politics, people, espionage I just checked out his list of titles and I would or have, given all of them well deserved five star reviews All well deserved for their meticulous attention to detail, and that detail, reported in really can t put it down style but without the brash repetitive nonsense of today s modern TV documentaries, where the backstory reasons we are here get repeated each ten minutes just in case we do have the attention span of the gnats the producers have assumed to their viewers As it happens I didn t like this book because it presented nothing new about what is, as it claims, reasonably justifiably The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War The story has been well told before in great detail particularly well by Gordon Corera So for me Bens latest work is a real disappointment the first in his folio but it smy fault, than hisas I have read so much on this matter already, researching other aspects of the event as an author myself Hence me giving, a well deserved five star review to a book that disappointedI really do recommend it and would urge you to also check out his other workI eagerly await his next offering I read the kindle version The hard back cover design shown here is appallingand is I suspect of the US editionthe European one or possibly the softback is way better The publishers should be ashamed I assume nepotism, or an amateur playing at the design game and their meddling will cost him sales


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