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

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Evsky the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets Unfolding the delicious three way gamesmanship between America Britain and the Soviet Union and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat by beat of Gordievsky's nail biting escape from Moscow in 1985 Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet Like the greatest novels of John le 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 nation Excellent account on life of Oleg Gordievsky if you want to check for his autobiography check Next Stop Execution The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky Ben Macintyre knows how to write about spies what make them moving and doing stuff they did Another great books just finished recently is A Spy Among Friends Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Both are highly recommended

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The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold WarN but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6 For nearly a decade as the Cold War reached its twilight Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war Desperate to keep the circle of trust close MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top level source Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordi Another fascinating spy story from Ben Macintyre The Spy and the Traitor focuses on Oleg Gordievsky who was a KGB agent but was also secretly spying for the British intelligence service in the 1970s and 80sI didn't know much about Gordievsky before starting this book which made the true story seem all the incredible Previously I had read and enjoyed Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends which was about Kim Philby a British agent who was secretly spying for the KGB If you are interested in Cold War history this is a great read Highly recommendedOpening Passage of Chapter 1Oleg Gordievsky was born into the KGB shaped by it loved by it twisted damaged and very nearly destroyed by it The Soviet spy service was in his heart and in his blood His father worked for the intelligence service all his life and wore his KGB uniform every day including weekends The Gordievskys lived amid the spy fraternity in a designated apartment block ate special food reserved for officers and spent their free time socializing with other spy families Gordievsky was a child of the KGB