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Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Author: Ben MacIntyre
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*Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize*


A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians - now with a new afterword

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket.

The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever...

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Senior KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky's actual nature as a British spy throughout the Cold War saw him do a huge amount of damage to Russian operations across those years, brought to a close when Gordievsky signalled through a conspicuous Safeway bag his desire to be brought out of the USSR to safety. The story of the episode that followed is told with a compelling sense of adventure by }Agent Zigzag{ author Ben Macintyre.


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