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

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Ben Macintyre

14 Hours 33 Minutes

Penguin Books LTD

September 2018

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Brought to you by Penguin.

*The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller*
*Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize*
*Bill Gates' Top 5 Books for 2020*

'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARRÉ

A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians - now with a new afterword

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket.

The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever...

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© Ben MacIntyre 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018

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  • AndyM

    Fabulous insight into a period of history that I lived through and hard to believe that a handful of individuals were responsible for making the world a safer place - yet again, politicians take the credit for something they were only told about at the very last moment. Highly recommend read.

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  • Barrie D.

    Very interesting; I can recall some of the news items; puts them into context.

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  • Anonymous

    So fantastically written reads like a story, behaves like a movie, factual because it’s real! Awesome

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  • Niall Roper

    Fascinating and insightful. It gives a deep view of the Cold War, the interplay between Russia, the U.K. and the USA, spy craft and risks, and of the lives and motivations of the spies. I found it compelling from beginning to end.

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  • Chris

    A truly amazing tale of espionage worthy of le Carre, but better because it’s fact.

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  • Anonymous

    It took about 2/3 of the book to become interesting, and then rushed through the last bit. Disappointed that it’s time I won’t get back.

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  • Miles S.

    Gripping - amazing story. True life James Bond stuff

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  • Mike T.

    Absolutely terrific - better than any fiction

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  • Justin M.

    Wow! what an amazing true story. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Helge M.

    Very interesting - insight of the shadow world..

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