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The Resource The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre

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

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The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War
Title
The spy and the traitor
Title remainder
the greatest espionage story of the Cold War
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Ben Macintyre
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  • Greatest espionage story of the Cold War
  • Spy & the traitor
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eng
Summary
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' 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. 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. 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 nations
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Award
Gold Dagger Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year, 2019.
Review
/* Starred Review */ Macintyre (Rogue Heroes) recounts the exploits of Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent turned British spy responsible for “the single largest ‘operational download’ in MI6 history,” in this captivating espionage tale. Building on in-depth interviews and other supplementary research, Macintyre shows Gordievsky expertly navigating the “wilderness of mirrors” that made up the daily existence of a Cold War spy—passing microfilm, worrying that his wife will turn him in to the KGB, battling an unexpected dosage of truth serum. In Macintyre’s telling, Aldrich Ames, the CIA agent turned KGB operative who gave up Gordievsky’s cover, functions as a foil and a vehicle for moral comparison between the KGB and MI6. 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. The book has a startling relevancy to the news of the day, from examples of fake news to the 1984 British elections in which “Moscow was prepared to use dirty tricks and hidden interference to swing a democratic election in favor of its chosen candidate.” Macintyre has produced a timely and insightful page-turner. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/06/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 32, p)
Biography type
individual biography
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10692312
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TEFBT
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1963-
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Macintyre, Ben
Dewey number
  • 327.120972092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Gordievsky, Oleg
  • Soviet Union
  • Spies
  • Cold War
  • Intelligence service
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the greatest espionage story of the Cold War
Label
The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 358 pages
Isbn
9781101904190
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2018024662
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
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(OCoLC)1051189803
Label
The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 358 pages
Isbn
9781101904190
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2018024662
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1051189803

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