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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by [Ben Macintyre]

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The best true spy story I have ever read -- John le Carré

[A] captivating espionage tale. In a feat of real authorial dexterity, Macintyre accurately portrays the long-game banality of spycraft-the lead time and persistence in planning-with such clarity and propulsive verve that the book often feels like a thriller.
Macintyre has produced a timely and insightful page-turner.Publishers Weekly

Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving -- John le Carré on 'Agent Zigzag'

Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II -- Antony Beevor on 'SAS'

Thrilling. Ben Macintyre is the ideal narratorSpectator on 'SAS'

Thorough and highly entertaining. It would be nigh on impossible to praise it too highly ― Daily Express on 'SAS' --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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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 for MI6. 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 espionage. In The Spy and the Traitor Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of betrayal, duplicity and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07B4K1JVJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (20 Sept. 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 26134 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 353 pages
  • Customer reviews:
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Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

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