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The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War

Author: Ben Macintyre
Publisher: London : Viking, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Spy and the traitor.
New York : Viking, [2018]
(DLC) 2018026376
Named Person: Oleg Gordievsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Macintyre
ISBN: 9780241186664 0241186668 9780241186657 024118665X 9781101904190 1101904194 9781101904213 1101904216 9780241972137 0241972132
OCLC Number: 1021289307
Description: xii, 366 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: 19 May 1985 --
The KGB --
Uncle Gormsson --
SUNBEAM --
Green ink and microfilm --
A plastic bag and a Mars bar --
Agent boot --
The safe house --
Operation RYAN --
Koba --
Mr Collins and Mrs Thatcher --
Russian roulette --
Cat and mouse --
The dry-cleaner --
Friday, 19 July --
Finlandia --
Passport for Pimlico --
Codenames and aliases --
Acknowledgements.
Other Titles: Greatest espionage story of the Cold War
Responsibility: Ben Macintyre.

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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.

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The best true spy story I have ever read -- John le Carre Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else. He has a remarkable ability to construct a narrative that is as taut and urgent Read more...

 
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