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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
Statement of responsibility
Ben Macintyre
Title variation
Greatest espionage story of the Cold War
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Language
eng
Summary
The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. 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's 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. Like the greatest novels of John le Carre, 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
Summary
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
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Biography type
individual biography
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10692312
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 327.1273047092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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adult
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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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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=3913440
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
txt
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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
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on1039426323
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1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101904206
Lccn
2018026376
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B0D18391-6344-4A81-91FA-1B92953200E8
System control number
(OCoLC)1039426323
Label
The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=3913440
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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
Control code
on1039426323
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101904206
Lccn
2018026376
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
B0D18391-6344-4A81-91FA-1B92953200E8
System control number
(OCoLC)1039426323

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