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The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
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Sep 18, 2018 | 368 Pages
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One of Huffington Post‘s Fall 2018 Books We Can’t Wait to Read
One of Boston Globe‘s Hot Picks for Cool Fall Books


“Readers seeking a page-turning spy story, look no further. The author of A Spy Among Friends and Agent Zigzag, among others, does it again, this time delivering a Cold War espionage story for the ages… another can’t miss account of intrigue and intelligence.”
BOSTON GLOBE
 
“The subtitle of Macintyre’s latest real-life spy thriller calls it ‘The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.’ Like pretty much everything in this fine book, the description is accurate… Macintyre is fastidious about tradecraft details… [he] has become the preeminent popular chronicler of British intelligence history because he understands the essence of the business.”
WASHINGTON POST

“[A] swift-moving tale of true espionage in the most desperate years of the Cold War… The closing pages of Macintyre’s fluent yarn find Gordievsky attempting to escape captivity and flee to the West in a scenario worthy of John le Carré… Oddly timely, given the return of Russian spying to the front pages, and a first-rate study of the mechanics and psychology of espionage.”
KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
 
“[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. The book has a startling relevancy to the news of the day… Macintyre has produced a timely and insightful page-turner.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
 
“Pick up any current true-crime spy book and you’ll probably see a version of this phrase on the cover: ‘The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told.’ Most of them don’t live up to the billing, but the latest by Ben Macintyre comes close…What makes this read propulsive is the way Macintyre tells the story almost as a character-driven novel… Macintyre’s way with details, as when he explains exactly how the KGB bugged apartments, or when he delves into KGB training, is utterly absorbing. The action is punctuated with plenty of heart-stopping near-discoveries, betrayals, and escapes. Fascinating, especially now.”
BOOKLIST (starred review)
 
“Fans of narrative nonfiction, the Cold War, spy stories, foreign relations among the United States, England, and Russia, and Macintyre’s previous works will greatly enjoy this incredible true account.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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