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The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War review Ñ 103 Ben Macintyre ✓ 3 download N but from 1973 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 Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordi With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK this story is relevant than ever and I suspect it will always be of interest to those who enjoy this genre Ben MacIntyre is a fantastic writer and knows exactly how to grab the reader and hold them in place from first page to last I found this as compelling and thrilling as any fiction book would be Accurate and meticulously researched this is a book not to be missed I will be sure to look out for any future work the author decides to publish as it is evident he is a very gifted writer I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book

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The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War review Ñ 103 Ben Macintyre ✓ 3 download The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet a thrilling Cold War era tale of Oleg Gordievsky the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet UnionIf 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 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in Londo Undoubtedly relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years which perhaps makes this book even relevant Ben Macintyre takes us back to the 1980 s and the Cold War with his usual brand of almost schoolboy enthusiasm and ability to give the most important political events the human angle necessary to make you care about those involved This then is the story of Operation Pimlico an emergency escape plan by which MI6 planned to remove Oleg Gordievsky a KGB officer and British spy from Russia and spirit him away to safety in England We begin with the biography of Gordievsky the son of a KGB officer who grew up all too aware of how those around him often lived a double life and whose fascination with foreign countries led him to do his best to take up a posting abroad When dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the Soviet Union led to him being flagged as a person of interest it was not long before the British made a move to recruit him What follows is the fascinating tale of how the British managed to move their spy into better and useful posts even undertaking to do his daily work when he was posted in London so he could spend time spying However when Gordievsky found himself recalled to Russia and with a traitor about to reveal his identity it was essential that the British rescue him something that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was keen that MI6 do their best to do regardless of the danger Of course being an escape plan hatched by the British this is less about spy planes and about Safeway carrier bags Kit Kats and a baby s dirty nappy This is full of tension with a great understanding of the world of espionage as you would expect from Ben Macintyre including the rather competitive alliance between the British and the Americans and the real human cost of Gordievsky s decision to lead a double life This audio edition was delightfully told by Ben Macintyre and it was a joy to have the author read his own book I have never read a book by Mr Macintyre that I have no loved and I am glad to say this was no exception

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The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War review Ñ 103 Ben Macintyre ✓ 3 download Evsky the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets Unfolding the delicious three way gamesmanship between America Britain and the Soviet Union and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat by beat of Gordievsky's nail biting escape from Moscow in 1985 Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet Like the greatest novels of John le CarrĂ© it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nation The Spy and the Traitor is the true tale of Oleg Gordievsky a high level KGB agent who worked as a double agent for Great Britain and MI6 Gordievsky helped bring about the demise of the Soviet Union and The Spy and the Traitor details his career and the story of how a CIA agent was almost his downfall It is a fabulous nail biting read that flows like a fast paced thriller especially as the author carefully unveils the details of Gordievsky s exciting escape from Moscow in 1985 In an era where relations with Russia are sinking lower and lower Macintyre s tale hits close to home