The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Ranked #1 in The Cold War, Ranked #3 in Book Typessee more rankings.

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 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...

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Casey Neistat Founder/368 Creative Spacejust finished this yesterday. absolutely fantastic book. super recommend if you're into spycraft and espionage. bravo @BenMacintyre1 (Source)

Isabel Hardman @holland_tom @BenMacintyre1 Oh it’s a brilliant book isn’t it. Another one I was sad to finish. (Source)

Amrullah Saleh I had a great conversation with Ambassador Micheal Lund Jeppesen of @DKinAfghanistan . On the sidelines of our rich conversation we spoke of the Spy & the Traitor a great book in which Denmark's intelligence features highly. Proud of our alliance & cooperation. (Source)

Gady Epstein Think I’ll read a non-China spy story for a change. Have heard great things about this book (Source)

Oli Barrett Brilliant book by @BenMacintyre1 (The Spy and the Traitor), the true story of Oleg Gordievsky. Recommended. (cc @JonnyGeller) (Source)

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