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

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

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 Union. 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 a The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Co...

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Title:The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Author:Ben Macintyre
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Reviews

  • Laura
    Sep 21, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

  • Bettie☯
    Sep 24, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

  • Joyce
    Oct 20, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

  • Kalen
    Dec 03, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Oct 30, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

  • Maine Colonial
    Oct 03, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

  • Julie
    Aug 06, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

  • Jordan Finch
    Aug 18, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

    A gripping account of Cold War rivalries Oleg Gordievsky, the subject of this dazzling non-fiction thriller. He was the most significant British agent of the Cold War era. For 11 years, between 1974 and 1985. he passed Russian seems to MI6 while working for the KGB, first in Copenha...

    This is the first nonfiction spy account I've read, and boy, is any other gonna have a hard time living up to this one! The Spy and the Traitor is the fascinating, heart-pounding, and complex story of Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent who traded his allegiance to MI6. Working as a doub...

  • Rob Thompson
    Nov 16, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

    A gripping account of Cold War rivalries Oleg Gordievsky, the subject of this dazzling non-fiction thriller. He was the most significant British agent of the Cold War era. For 11 years, between 1974 and 1985. he passed Russian seems to MI6 while working for the KGB, first in Copenha...

  • David Yoon
    Dec 06, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

  • Susan
    Oct 17, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

  • Mark
    Sep 30, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

  • Mary
    Nov 02, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

  • Andrew
    Apr 19, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

  • Paul
    Sep 30, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

  • Jaidee
    Nov 27, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Apr 28, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

  • Samuel
    Dec 07, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

  • Ronnie Cramer
    Nov 11, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

    A gripping account of Cold War rivalries Oleg Gordievsky, the subject of this dazzling non-fiction thriller. He was the most significant British agent of the Cold War era. For 11 years, between 1974 and 1985. he passed Russian seems to MI6 while working for the KGB, first in Copenha...

    This is the first nonfiction spy account I've read, and boy, is any other gonna have a hard time living up to this one! The Spy and the Traitor is the fascinating, heart-pounding, and complex story of Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent who traded his allegiance to MI6. Working as a doub...

    Some stories deserve to be told, and this one sure is. The KGB was a feared institution that let no one slip away, or at least no one except our hero. The amount of courage and resilience needed to do 10% of what Oleg Gordievsky did is still exceptionnal, but this guy is just a true ba...

    An exceptional and outstanding spy story. It reads like a fast-paced, heart-stopping made up story but it's a nonfiction book full of suspense and intrigue. Also, for those wanting a better understanding of the cold war and the spying that went on between the USSR and the west, this bo...

    I've read six of Ben Macintyre's previous books and given them all 5-star ratings; they are all terrific and yet somehow they keep getting better and better. This one tells the story of a high-raking KGB agent who decides to spy for the West. It skillfully interweaves the man's harrowi...

  • David Chabot
    Oct 23, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

    A gripping account of Cold War rivalries Oleg Gordievsky, the subject of this dazzling non-fiction thriller. He was the most significant British agent of the Cold War era. For 11 years, between 1974 and 1985. he passed Russian seems to MI6 while working for the KGB, first in Copenha...

    This is the first nonfiction spy account I've read, and boy, is any other gonna have a hard time living up to this one! The Spy and the Traitor is the fascinating, heart-pounding, and complex story of Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent who traded his allegiance to MI6. Working as a doub...

    Some stories deserve to be told, and this one sure is. The KGB was a feared institution that let no one slip away, or at least no one except our hero. The amount of courage and resilience needed to do 10% of what Oleg Gordievsky did is still exceptionnal, but this guy is just a true ba...

  • Jamie
    Dec 10, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

  • J. Boo
    Oct 26, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

  • John Eldridge
    Dec 07, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

    Released at a time when Russia espionage is again at the forefront of the world's eye, Ben Macintyre's The Spy And The Traitor delivers a riveting and authentic look at one of the most remarkable spy stories of the Cold War era. To Westerners, the KGB - and even Russia itself - is oft...

    A gripping account of Cold War rivalries Oleg Gordievsky, the subject of this dazzling non-fiction thriller. He was the most significant British agent of the Cold War era. For 11 years, between 1974 and 1985. he passed Russian seems to MI6 while working for the KGB, first in Copenha...

    This is the first nonfiction spy account I've read, and boy, is any other gonna have a hard time living up to this one! The Spy and the Traitor is the fascinating, heart-pounding, and complex story of Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent who traded his allegiance to MI6. Working as a doub...

    Some stories deserve to be told, and this one sure is. The KGB was a feared institution that let no one slip away, or at least no one except our hero. The amount of courage and resilience needed to do 10% of what Oleg Gordievsky did is still exceptionnal, but this guy is just a true ba...

    An exceptional and outstanding spy story. It reads like a fast-paced, heart-stopping made up story but it's a nonfiction book full of suspense and intrigue. Also, for those wanting a better understanding of the cold war and the spying that went on between the USSR and the west, this bo...

  • Mark
    Oct 02, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

  • Lou
    Sep 20, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

  • Henri
    Sep 24, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

  • Kevin M
    May 08, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

  • Harry Buckle
    Sep 29, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

  • Charles
    Dec 11, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...

    A good non fiction book about the one spy who survived death by Aldrich Ames. Quite possibly the finest hour of the SIS in the Cold War, an example of how asset cultivation and handling is done right and how sometimes, even when the odds seem high, it's perfectly possible to bring one ...

    Definitely the best book I've read so far this year - it was like a thriller movie in words with all the right characters and pacing that immediately sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final word. I also loved learning more about the Cold War - it's crazy to think about how mu...

    Truly spectacular! I never have read a single Ben Macintyre work but will surely aqcuire a few and get to them promptly. This was a staggeringly beautiful and prosaic page-turner. Non-Fiction that reads like your ordinary spy thriller but is indeed based on fact. I could not put it ...

    ** spoiler alert ** KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky?s story is as improbable as it is fascinating and even suspenseful despite knowing a bit about how it all turned out. This is one helluva complicated story. MacIntyre is the man for the job. Top-shelf research, synthesis and framework. ...

    I don?t know how he does it, but Ben Macintyre has once again produced a dazzling tale of 20th-century espionage that is more gripping than any thriller novel or movie. I also don?t know why I don?t remember media reports of Oleg Gordievsky?s escape from Russia to Britain, beca...

    For author Ben MacIntyre, Oleg Gordievsky belongs in the pantheon of world changing spies. A KGB colonel at the height of the Cold War, he was in fact an agent for the British Secret Service. The book opens with his flat in Moscow being bugged, cameras installed and a light coating of ...

    I am an avid reader of espionage novels Le Carre, Len Deighton, Mick Herron, Charles Cumming, Ken Follett, Robert Harris to name a few... But have never strayed into the murky waters of a true spy story, but I am so happy that I did, this is an incredible true story, magnificently told...

    This fascinating account of KGB officer turned double agent reads like a spy thriller by LeCarre. Oleg Gordievsky agreed to spy for MI6 in the 1970s, not for money but because of his concern for recent Soviet actions, such as the Berlin wall, and his love of freedom. He became one of t...

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. I mean, come on. When John Le Carre says it's, ?the best true spy story I have ever read" what are you waiting for? So, really, I liked Macintyre's earlier book "A Spy Among Friends" better than this one but only because it was the first ti...

    Story of KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky. Sample review/precis here: http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/h... Features new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else allegation by Gordievsky that Labour Party leader Michael Foot had been a KGB agent. ...

    The Gordievsky case was a rare success for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Although much of the outlines of his spying career and exfiltration from the Soviet Union are known, this book goes in to the story in great detail but in a highly readable manner. Mr Macintyre focu...

    BOTW Listen here Description: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Ben ...

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB double agent who?s valuable intel helped shape the Cold War. His diplomatic postings would eventually lead him to the highest office in the KGB?s London station, and all the while h...

    Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB spy who underwent an ideological conversion and was the rare individual who passed secrets to the British not for money but for principle, according to author Ben Macintyre. Certainly in the period from the 1930s through the 1960s, the Soviet Union had muc...

  • Dumbledore11214
    Oct 16, 2018

    5 " superb, exciting, edge of your seat" stars !!! Mr. MacIntyre has written a superb and thrilling book about one of our foremost living spies. Mr. Oleg Gordievsky was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed Englan...

    Undoubtedly, relations between Russia and the UK are at their lowest for many years, which, perhaps, makes this book even more 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 impo...

    With the current state of affairs between Russian and the UK, this story is more 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...

    Macintyre's best yet! A truly staggering story told by a consummate storyteller. That being said, it's pretty clear that the book's sources are fairly biased towards Gordievsky, and while Macintyre does a good job noting where his sources are displaying overt nostalgia or actively misr...

    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...

    An exceptional read! Everything you could want from a spy story: descriptions of trade craft, code names, depictions of all the facets of being a spy, from the humdrum review and contact of low level targets to moments of pants-distressing terror. And all the more captivating for it...

    Ben Macintyre is in the top ten of my all time favourite authors...although possibly that should say 'favourite reporters'. Because report is what he does...and he does it really well. Taking both well known and 'new to me' episodes and events of the past 100 years and retelling/report...

    Ben Macintyre is John le Carré's literary heir. But his stories are real. His newest, and best, book perfectly captures the tedium of most spy work alleviated only the the heart-thumping terror of when things go wrong. And spies being human, things always go wrong in the most mundane ...

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Ben Macintyre's thrilling new book tells the story of a KGB double agent and plunges us into the Cold War's underworld of espionage, duplicity and intrigue. Today, disaffection sets in for one of the KGB's newest recruits. Tim McInnerny reads Be...

    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 Union. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart ...