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The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Ben MacIntyre

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. "The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARR� If anyone could be considered a Russian counter...
Publish Date
August 6
First Published in 2018
Goodreads rating
Dec 08, 2020
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
Jun 05, 2019
just finished this yesterday. absolutely fantastic book. super recommend if you're into spycraft and espionage. bravo @BenMacintyre1      source
Dec 11, 2019
@iainkevanmorris My favourite book of the year. I’m guessing you’ve read his others?      source
Dec 13, 2020
@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
Mar 10, 2020
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
Jan 02, 2021
@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
Aug 19, 2019
@holland_tom @BenMacintyre1 Oh it’s a brilliant book isn’t it. Another one I was sad to finish.      source
Jul 31, 2019
Brilliant book by @BenMacintyre1 (The Spy and the Traitor), the true story of Oleg Gordievsky. Recommended. (cc @JonnyGeller)      source