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The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

By Ben Macintyre
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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

The Spy and the Traitor (2018) details the real-life spy story of Oleg Gordievsky, the Soviet double-agent whose efforts contributed to the end of the Cold War. These blinks trace Gordievsky’s progress through the KGB and his years spying for MI6, the British secret service, before his final daring escape to the West.

  • Fans of espionage and spy stories
  • History buffs looking for a fresh perspective on the Cold War
  • Political science nerds who want to see realpolitik in action

Ben Macintyre is a historian and newspaper columnist for the Times. He has written ten books, several of which have been shortlisted for esteemed book prizes. His titles include the SAS: Rogue Heroes (2016) and Agent Zigzag (2007).

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