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Author Macintyre, Ben, 1963- author.

Title The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War / Ben Macintyre.

Publication Info. New York : Crown, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Library Connection Non-Fiction    92 Gordievsky,O MACI    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 GORDIEVSKY,O MAC    DUE 08-05-20
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    92 GORDIEVSKY,O MAC    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Linda Vista Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Oleg Gordievsky was a spy like no other. The product of a KGB family and the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Russian eventually saw the lies and terror of the regime for what they were, a realization that turned him irretrievably toward the West. His KGB career took flight in Copenhagen in 1966 and eventually brought him to the highest post in the KGB's London station--but throughout that time he was secretly working for MI6, the British intelligence service. Gordievsky was a spy of tremendous consequence. As the Cold War heated up in the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, he provided critical information that foiled Soviet plots, exposed spies in the West, and ultimately avoided catastrophic nuclear escalation between the great powers. When Thatcher declared in 1984 that Mikhail Gorbachev was "a man one could do business with," it was largely because of information provided by Gordievsky. No Western country had ever run a spy so high up in Russian intelligence, which is why M16 fiercely guarded Gordievsky's identity, even from the CIA. But the American spy agency was bent on discovering the British source, unaware that their head of counterintelligence--Aldrich Ames--was secretly spying for the Soviets."--Jacket.
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 -- The runner -- Finlandia -- Epilogue: Passport for Pimlico -- Codenames and aliases.
Subject Gordievsky, Oleg.
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvenno♯Ư bezopasnosti -- History.
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- Soviet Union -- History.
Cold War -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Greatest espionage story of the Cold War
ISBN 9781101904190 hardcover
1101904194 hardcover
9781101904213 trade paperback
1101904216 trade paperback
9781101904206 (ebook)

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