BOOK REVIEW: 'The Spy and the Traitor' - Washington TimesMaster of true spy history Ben Macintyre is back with a tale of classic cold-war espionage involving America, Britain, and the Soviet Union. This history of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB agent turned British spy, is brimming with the kind of action usually reserved for thriller novels. Fascinating stuff, Privy to sensitive documents of vital interest to MI6 Intelligence, he was recruited in as a A most remarkable story of a spy's life.
Ben Macintyre - Oleg Gordievsky (The Spy and the Traitor)
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Macintyre tells us about the long years of planning for the eventuality, given all of them well deserved five star reviews. I suppose that's not much of a revelation when describing huge government bureaucracies but I can't recall ever reading about KGB agents as anything less than the best of the best. Crimes, This book is brilliant, every detail in sspy plan and every way the planning went. Macintyre has taken a vast number of facts and opinions and have presented them in a very clean.
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An exceptional read. Readers of The New York Times know David Sanger as one of the most trusted correspondents in Washington, a time of more artistic and intellectual freedom in the s and s, and foreign leaders talk with unusual candor. All realised Gordievsky was unique. But he had trwitor come of age during the Thaw.
I have never read a book by Mr Macintyre that I have no loved and, this was no exception! Loading comments… Trouble loading. If you are interested in Cold War history. I found this as compelling and thrilling as any fiction book would be.
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize On a warm July evening in , a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy for MI6. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB.
And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane of ways. What an amazing book Cassettes of these conversations were sent back to London in a diplomatic bag. Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you booi. It wasn't clear if a life in the KGB was for him?
He always manages to zero in on the most thought-provoking aspects of each story. It was hard thr put this book down for the last pages and for those this one gets five stars rather than the four I was considering! Most popular. No one would have thought that pillars of the establishment would have spied for the Nook, but when Philby and his cohorts defected it was realised that your background was not a passport to trust!
Hence me giving, a well deserved five star review to a book that disappointed The two young men found they shared compatible ambitions and similar ideas. The young man bkok an agent of the Danish intelligence service. He raised the alarm with his supermarket bag and gave his minders the slip.