The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor

The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Book - 2018
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Traces the story of Russian intelligence operative Oleg Gordievsky, revealing how his secret work as an undercover MI6 informant helped hasten the end of the Cold War.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2018
Description: viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780771060335
Branch Call Number: 327.12092 Gor
Additional Contributors: Macintyre, Ben, 1963- Spy and the traitor


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Jul 06, 2019

A phenomenal, TRUE story of an incredible part of the Cold War history. I finished this book in two days - couldn't put it down. Given the not so distant poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK, the world of spy craft, and totalitarianism vs. the democratic West continues unabated. I think we can all be thankful for men like Gordievsky who risk everything for a greater good.

Jun 13, 2019

This book is terrific - after the background is established it is truly a page turner.

Apr 25, 2019

Super! Fascinating, nonfiction story of a true hero. Exciting and hard to put down. I loved this book.

Apr 19, 2019

"The Spy and the Traitor The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War" is work of NONFICTION! One hundred million people died (executed, man made famine) in the name of communism during the twentieth century. Mostly in Russia and China.
Consider what happened recently to Skripals (father and daughter), Litvinenko and a few others in England. It only confirms that communism, Putin and Xi Jinping are all still with us! Nazism and Communism are two of the most destructive social systems of the Twentieth century!
It is absolutely unbelievable that somebody could write such comments like:
"Repetive to the point of boredom.
Well written novel of espionage during the Cold War - a real page turner!"
There is simple explanation. They do not like what is written about them. One of them actually has spelling mistake "repetive", instead of repetitive.

Apr 04, 2019

Ignore the negative comment. This book is a real page turner and a must read.

Mar 31, 2019

riveting, you won't be able to put it down, nor even be able to breathe for the last 100 pages

Feb 26, 2019

One of the best spy books I have read plus the story is true.

Dec 30, 2018

One of the best reads in quite a while. A real page turner. This guy (Oleg Gordievsky) may have kept us out of a hot war with Russia. From people I know in the CIA I know Russia was paranoid but I don't think we would have known how paranoid without him. Reagan was putting pressure on the USSR and without the info from Oleg he may have pushed too far. Read "Oceans Ventured" by Lehman.

Dec 26, 2018

Repetive to the point of boredom.

Nov 25, 2018

Well written novel of espionage during the Cold War - a real page turner!

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