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The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War

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  • 14 of 21 copies available at Evergreen Indiana. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Greenwood Public Library.

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 327.1273 MAC (Text) 36626103981916 2nd Floor New Adult Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781101904190
  • ISBN: 1101904194
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [335]-343) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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 -- Code names and aliases -- Acknowledgements.
Summary, etc.: "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 Carré, 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."
Subject: Gordievsky, Oleg
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvenno bezopasnosti. History
Spies Soviet Union Biography
Intelligence service Soviet Union History
Cold War Biography
Genre: Biographies.
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