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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
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If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.


Very good page turner if you like Cold War thrillers. A quick read and will take two days at most. Book felt rushed at the finish but overall 7/10.


rebelrouser
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re: The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Thanks love stuff like this.


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BlackCoffeeKid
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+1 for this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and other works (particularly A Spy Among Friends) by Ben Macintyre.
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Adajax
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re: The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Read this last year. Good book.


Marciano1
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I just purchased this book on amazon for my gulf shores trip in a few weeks. Thanks for the post


rebelrouser
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I'm about 20% through and its been fascinating so far. Very interesting look into how the spy agencies work and the individuals who work for them.


rebelrouser
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Great book, really enjoyed it. I love spy stuff and always thought the KGB and Soviet system were almost impenetrable. Book does a great job showing how flaws in the Soviet system allowed brave and dedicated people on both sides to exploit them. Reading Agent Running In The Field by LaCarre now.


Marciano1
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Just finished this book (first learned about it thanks to this thread). Great espionage story and wasn't aware of Gordievsky prior to reading it. It's pretty insane that the Soviets actually spent time searching for him rather than assuming he made a run for it and informed the Finnish border.


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Kashmir
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a very good book!


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TTownTiger
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and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow


Just finished it. Thanks for the rec. Great read. The entire extraction mission was insane!


RedStickBR
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re: The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Read this one last year. Highly recommend it not just for the page turn value, but also for an inside look into real spy games.


Statsattack
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just bought this on audible 2 for 1


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RedPop4
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re: The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
How did I miss this thread?
Will look this up. Just finished Hitz' [img]The Greatest Game.[/img] He didn't mention this guy at all.


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