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

The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Paperback Published: 30th May 2019
ISBN: 9780241972137
Number Of Pages: 384

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A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians

On a warm July evening in 1985, 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. 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. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever...

Industry Reviews

'The best true spy story I have ever read.'
John le Carre

'[A] captivating espionage tale. In a feat of real authorial dexterity, Macintyre accurately portrays the long-game banality of spycraft-the lead time and persistence in planning-with such clarity and propulsive verve that the book often feels like a thriller. Macintyre has produced a timely and insightful page-turner.'
Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9780241972137
ISBN-10: 0241972132
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th May 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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