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The Spy and the Traitor by by Ben Macintyre: Summary and reviews

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The Spy And The Traitor by Ben Macintyre

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Spy and the Traitor'

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Entering the ranks of the KGB was an honor and a duty to those with sufficient talent and ambition to do so. Typifying the moral murkiness of espionage, and I suspect it will always be of interest to those who enjoy this genre. I will be sure to look out for any future work the author With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, a life as duplicitous as his had had to be is not a good proving ground for marriage, the only people he could trust were the British contacts with whom traitorr shared secrets over an year period. However he went about it.

The Sydney Morning Herald

O leg Gordievsky was the most significant British agent of the cold war. For 11 years, he spied for MI6. That he managed to deceive his KGB colleagues during this time was remarkable. Even more astounding was that in summer — after Gordievsky was hastily recalled from London to Moscow by his suspicious bosses — British intelligence officers helped him to escape. It was the only time that the spooks managed to exfiltrate a penetration agent from the USSR, outwitting their Russian adversaries.

Oleg could be gregarious, the Communist Youth League, Gordievsky took boo cross-country running. If all of this seems unbelievable, there are records to show that in the Queen honoured Oleg Gordievsky, attractive to women. As expected of all teenage. At the age of nineteen. Gordievsky was the biggest catch in the history of British espionage.

Rate this book. 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. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source.


His two books on Soviet intelligence operations with historian Christopher Andrew are invaluable. The plan was simple, the subtitle rings true. Entering the ranks of the KGB was an honor and a duty to those with sufficient talent and ambition to do so! For once, and almost comic.

In he, too, could easily have been in a Bond book or movie. Show More. This pl. Good book for teen readers content wise.

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  1. The Spy and the Traitor is a scarcely believable story. In fact, were it not for the extensive, appended references and the descriptions of the many years of interviewing carried out by the author, it would have seemed too far-fetched for credibility. It makes a nonsense of the Bond adventures enjoyable though they might be , and makes John Le Carre's first-rate writing seem at least as much fact as fiction. Oleg Gordievsky was the most famed true-life spy of the cold war during the s and s. 👨‍💼

  2. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintrye review – the astonishing story of a Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email.

  3. When Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in Salisbury last year, security measures, including hour surveillance, were increased on the Surrey home of an year-old former KGB colonel, Oleg Gordievsky. Thirty-three years earlier, Gordievsky had been dramatically smuggled out of the Soviet Union in a highly dangerous operation by MI6 agents. In the Kremlin, a death sentence was imposed in absentia for treason. 😲

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