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Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre

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” The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War” is a non-fiction book written by Ben Macintyre. It was published in 2018 and tells the true story of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who became a double agent for British intelligence during the Cold War.

The book chronicles the life and espionage activities of Oleg Gordievsky, a high-ranking officer in the KGB who secretly grew disillusioned with the Soviet regime. Gordievsky’s decision to cooperate with British intelligence (MI6) had a significant impact on Cold War espionage, providing the West with valuable insights into Soviet activities and intentions.

Macintyre meticulously details Gordievsky’s recruitment, his daring escape from the Soviet Union in 1985, and the dangerous game of espionage he played on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book explores the complex relationships and networks Gordievsky navigated while undercover, as well as the high-stakes risks he took to share crucial information with the West.

“The Spy and the Traitor” is celebrated for its gripping narrative, thorough research, and the intimate portrayal of the personal and political challenges faced by both the spy and those working to protect him. The book provides readers with a deep understanding of the espionage tactics used during the Cold War and the impact of Gordievsky’s actions on international relations.

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