Title: Spy and the Traitor, The
Authors: MacIntyre, Ben
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 370
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: In 1985 Colonel Oleg Gordievsky - chief of the KGB's London station - was summoned to Moscow. London-based KGB Colonel, Oleg Gordievsky, has for eleven years successfully passed vital information to MI6, before the game is up and he is recalled to Moscow. However, MI6 achieve a nail-biting victory and Oleg is spirited out of the Soviet Union and back to England for a new identity and life in a nondescript suburb.

Extensively researched, this is a gripping story of Cold War espionage, a case of truth being as thrilling as fiction, especially the daring 1985 escape.

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Russia, UK, 2022 Titles


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By: PICT 007 2022-05-16 11:11:22
Very much enjoyed by all.

By: UPMO 002 2022-04-29 11:20:37
Very enjoyable and very relevant to current events in Europe.

By: KATIK 005 2022-04-22 12:37:26
'The Spy and The Traitor' was such a nail-biting read, and received a universal high scoring from our reading group. Comments included " a rare insight into the world of spying and seems more relevant considering the events in the Ukraine", "well-written, topical and at times, amusing", "impeccably researched and referenced". Very useful reading notes, and the questions generated plenty of discussion.

By: WELL 142 2022-03-30 15:07:44
This book was a great success. Everybody had enjoyed it. There is something exciting about espionage. There was an interesting and lively conversation, and other spies were talked about...

By: NELS 007 2022-03-30 14:54:22
A challenging read but well worth the effort. We had a great discussion. The book is particularly pertinent today with Russia's invasion. Highly recommended.

By: WHANG 023 2021-09-22 15:35:50
I recently heard Mick Herron being interviewed about his 'Slow Horses' series, in that interview he came out with this: It was recently asked if we (spy authors) all wrote in the shadow of John Le Carre and the answer is: "we do not write in his shadow but in the light that he cast". 'A Spy and a Traitor' is not a work of fiction, it's all real, but don't let that leave you thinking that it is a boring monologue of dates. It is gripping and you will find yourself filled with anxiety as his plight unfolds. Excellent writing.

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