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
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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

    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...

    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 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...

  • Maine Colonial
    Oct 03, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Ann
    Sep 29, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

  • Terri
    Sep 08, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

  • Julie
    Aug 06, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Steve
    Sep 28, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

    An incredible spy story that reads like a spy thriller!!!! Set in the Cold War era, Oleg Gordievsky was a spy for the KGB who worked at the KGB's London station, But was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. In the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Gordi...

  • Bill Sleeman
    Sep 16, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

  • Jill Elizabeth
    Sep 01, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

  • Mark
    Sep 30, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Andrew
    Apr 19, 2018

    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...

    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 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

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • David
    Aug 31, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

    An incredible spy story that reads like a spy thriller!!!! Set in the Cold War era, Oleg Gordievsky was a spy for the KGB who worked at the KGB's London station, But was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. In the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Gordi...

    Amazing book! I've only read one other Ben Macintyre book and so I knew I had to get my hands on this. I've never found myself reading nonfiction and sitting on the edge of my seat, reading late into the night, just to find out what happens next, until I read this book. Macintyre is a ...

    simply one if the best tales of espionage ever written, fiction or non-fiction. McIntire writes non-fiction espionage as well as LeCarre writes fiction. this is a masterpiece of a page turner. if you read this book, set aside your evening whe you get to part III. you won't put the book...

  • Stephanie Hall
    Aug 28, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

    An incredible spy story that reads like a spy thriller!!!! Set in the Cold War era, Oleg Gordievsky was a spy for the KGB who worked at the KGB's London station, But was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. In the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Gordi...

    Amazing book! I've only read one other Ben Macintyre book and so I knew I had to get my hands on this. I've never found myself reading nonfiction and sitting on the edge of my seat, reading late into the night, just to find out what happens next, until I read this book. Macintyre is a ...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Apr 28, 2018

    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...

  • Will
    Sep 29, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

  • Angie
    Aug 11, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

  • Jean Kolinofsky
    Sep 05, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

  • Eric Lee
    Oct 04, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

  • Jonny
    Sep 29, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

  • Barry Smirnoff
    Sep 30, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

    An incredible spy story that reads like a spy thriller!!!! Set in the Cold War era, Oleg Gordievsky was a spy for the KGB who worked at the KGB's London station, But was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. In the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Gordi...

    Amazing book! I've only read one other Ben Macintyre book and so I knew I had to get my hands on this. I've never found myself reading nonfiction and sitting on the edge of my seat, reading late into the night, just to find out what happens next, until I read this book. Macintyre is a ...

    simply one if the best tales of espionage ever written, fiction or non-fiction. McIntire writes non-fiction espionage as well as LeCarre writes fiction. this is a masterpiece of a page turner. if you read this book, set aside your evening whe you get to part III. you won't put the book...

    True spy yarn from the final days of the Cold War. MI6 runs a highly placed KGB agent who has become a lapsed Communist in the wake of Prague Spring. Very strong on spycraft and on his exfulcation from the Soviet Union. Macintyre is a master of the true spy story. I recommend this non-...

  • Lou
    Sep 20, 2018

    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...

  • Brian Kaddour
    Sep 25, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

    An incredible spy story that reads like a spy thriller!!!! Set in the Cold War era, Oleg Gordievsky was a spy for the KGB who worked at the KGB's London station, But was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. In the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Gordi...

    Amazing book! I've only read one other Ben Macintyre book and so I knew I had to get my hands on this. I've never found myself reading nonfiction and sitting on the edge of my seat, reading late into the night, just to find out what happens next, until I read this book. Macintyre is a ...

    simply one if the best tales of espionage ever written, fiction or non-fiction. McIntire writes non-fiction espionage as well as LeCarre writes fiction. this is a masterpiece of a page turner. if you read this book, set aside your evening whe you get to part III. you won't put the book...

    True spy yarn from the final days of the Cold War. MI6 runs a highly placed KGB agent who has become a lapsed Communist in the wake of Prague Spring. Very strong on spycraft and on his exfulcation from the Soviet Union. Macintyre is a master of the true spy story. I recommend this non-...

    So important in this day in age to learn the lessons on the failures of tyranny and conversely of the failures or democracy. Presented in a turn paging nail-biting epic of a true story too. It was awesome and the free world owes Gordievsky thanks! So to that affect as an American, Than...

  • Taryn Braband
    Sep 25, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

  • Henri
    Sep 24, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Barbara
    Aug 07, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

    I received an advanced copy of of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Oleg Gordievsky. He lived in Russia and worked for the KGB. He became disillusioned with communism and decided that he would become a spy for Britain. This is a bit dry and overly...

    Wonderful book. Well written and flawlessly researched. Ben MacIntyre has outdone himself. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Immensely compelling true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent for Russia who became a double-agent for the English (MI6) during the Cold War because of his ...

    Ben Macintyre always comes thru with a great non-fiction read of espionage. This book is story of disillusioned KGB officer assigned to UK who provided information to British Goverment during end of the Cold War. Also story of plot to escape from Moscow after recall on suspicion of tra...

    As a thriller fan I have read a number of novels involving spies and the Cold War. When Ben MacIntyre?s book became available for review, I was fascinated by the non-fiction story of Oleg Gordievsky. Once I started to read this book it was hard to put down. As Russia?s top man in L...

    Oleg Gordievsky, double agent for Russia and England via Denmark, came from a family full of agents and spies from the KGB. Oleg attended spy training school in northern Russia, where he swore he would always defend the secrets of Russia. But in the years following, he did not honor hi...

  • Andy
    Sep 28, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Having devoured pretty much everything that's been written about the Cambridge Spies, Ames and Aldrich, I was overjoyed to read this account of Britain's best spy within the KGB during the 70s and 80s. The book was written with the collaboration of its su...

    This was an absolutely astonishing story and such a well-written book! I am a long-time fan of non-fiction, particularly because so much truth is, quite often, stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction... This is a marvelous example of that. What Gordievsky went through is nearly u...

    Ben Macintyre is one of the best writers of non-fiction spy and espionage work period! This work tracks the career of Oleg Gordievsky and reads like fiction: fast, engaging and imaginative ? that it is fact makes it even more amazing. I have read two of Macintyre?s other works ? ...

    Another great look at cold war spies from Macintyre. I've previously read his book on Philby, and came back for more. Macintyre tries to examine the character and motivations of everyone who comes up in these pages, and that is helpful, because it's easy to get the feeling that the wor...

    Was Michael Foot, leader of the British Labour Party, a Soviet agent? Was Jack Jones, head of the country's largest trade union, one as well? According to KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky, they both were. (Foot's code name was 'boot'.) Reaction among today's Labour leadership to Ben MacInty...

    I bought this book with high expectations, I'd read other books by Macintyre, and the Gordievsky affair is one of the most important and frankly exiting episodes of the later cold war. It completely lived up to my expectations and I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. For anybody w...

  • Harry Buckle
    Sep 29, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

  • BOOKLOVER10
    Sep 18, 2018

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    As a spy story, this is more compelling and tightly written than any fictional work within the genre that I?ve read. And as a history it?s very well researched (albeit with obvious cooperation from the U.K. and understandable silence from Russia...) and leaves you wondering how Gor...

    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...

    Journalist Ben Macintyre, in his meticulously researched work of non-fiction, "The Spy and the Traitor," recounts how top officials in the KGB (Committee of State Security) and Britain's MI6 (Foreign Intelligence Service) expended a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain high-...