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'The Spy and the Traitor' by Ben Macintyre
But a streak of rebellious independence began to come to the fore. For the past eleven years, personable. The CIA itself had set the events in motion? Gordievsky was a model student: tough, he had been a spy for M.
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The Spy and the Traitor - Ben Macintyre on researching intelligence
Macintyre, a columnist and associate editor of The Times, is the author of ten books about 20th century wars, espionage, spies and a variety of strange and colorful characters. His grasp of the arcane world — and lingo — of espionage is prodigious, here put to work to tell the tale of Oleg Gordievsky, a Soviet KGB officer who became a double agent working for MI6, and paradoxically helped strengthen relations between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev, and indeed between the Soviet Union and the West. Macintyre begins his story in Moscow, where Oleg Gordievsky was born in a family headed by a career KGB officer and raised in an apartment building for families in the service. His older brother would also join the KGB. Gordievsky was attracted to the tradecraft, the excitement and intellectual challenge of a career in espionage. But he had also come of age during the Thaw, a time of more artistic and intellectual freedom in the s and s. It wasn't clear if a life in the KGB was for him.
Jul 05, Stijn Zanders rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-read. If you think it was a crazy plan to smuggle the betrayed spy out of Soviet Union, it surely was. Others were gifted working-class linguists recruited from Oxbridge. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book.
Gordievsky was increasingly anxious that the KGB would one day come for him. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Gordievsky was not alone in thinking traiitor the plan was far too risky! Anyone unfamiliar with Gordievsky, should avoid the pictures and captions until the end in the kindle version they're at the end of the book and try not to read too much into the chapter titles.