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The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Ben MacIntyre

This riveting true espionage story follows Oleg Gordievsky, a top-ranking Russian intelligence officer who ultimately became a crucial asset for MI6 in the twilight years of the Cold War. As tensions escalate between the US and USSR, Gordievsky's revelations help the West foil numerous intelligence plots and avert nuclear disaster. But as the CIA becomes obsessed with discovering his identity, Gordievsky's world grows increasingly dangerous. Ben Macintyre's masterful storytelling that will keep readers on the edge of their seat until the gripping conclusion.
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This nonfiction account focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who became a double agent for the British, and Aldrich Ames, the American turncoat who likely betrayed him. Macintyre’s retelling of their stories comes not only from Western sources (including Gordievsky himself) but also from the Russian perspective. It’s every bit as exciting as my favorite spy novels.      source
just finished this yesterday. absolutely fantastic book. super recommend if you're into spycraft and espionage. bravo @BenMacintyre1      source
A very very good start of the year 2023. As January ends, I read 5 books, 3 of which on Angola. I feel Angolan Expert already 🤣🤣. Very thought-provoking books written by authors with deep knowledges and grasps of subject matter. Found the month ending fast!      source
@iainkevanmorris My favourite book of the year. I’m guessing you’ve read his others?      source
@dceiver @samstein Truly excellent books. Picked up The Spy and the Traitor randomly and it was so good that i did realize it was a true story until i googled.      source
Finished the book "The Billion dollar spy". Fascinating details about how the craft really works. This and ' The spy and the traitor" are 2 of the good books i hv read recently. Read both if u like such stuff.      source
@tomhappens I understand. That makes perfect sense. Listen, Ben McIntyres books, I think you'd enjoy them IMMENSELY. Theyre non-fiction about MI5 and spying and whatnot and they're TRULY great. The Spy and the Traitor is where I began 😘😘😘😘😘😘      source
@yogabykate @mojaveb @alexrblackwell Ok, here we go. There are so many good books. I'll focus on the ones that are good/accurate and fun to read. There are a bunch that are good but not really enjoyable. First, Ben McIntyre's books are fun reads - Agent Sonya, The Spy and Traitor, Op Mincemeat, Zigzag...      source
@holland_tom @BenMacintyre1 Oh it’s a brilliant book isn’t it. Another one I was sad to finish.      source
Book 16 on year: Spy and Traitor by Ben Macintyre - an absolutely riveting story of the life of a Russian double agent. Fascinating book about the craft, but the actual story of the Russian spy is really something.      source
Brilliant book by @BenMacintyre1 (The Spy and the Traitor), the true story of Oleg Gordievsky. Recommended. (cc @JonnyGeller)      source