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The Resource The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre

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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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
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. A riveting story of intrigue set in the Cold War's twilight, [this book] sounds frightening echoes of today, when Russian spies are once again front-page headlines and superpower conflict dominates the globe. Writing with deep access to all of the key players in a drama that has never before been fully revealed, Ben Macintyre has produced a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a thrilling tale of impossibly high stakes and one man's brave gamble on his belief in democracy and freedom."--Jacket
  • The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, Oleg Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. 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. The CIA officer assigned to identify him was Aldrich Ames, who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. -- adapted from jacket
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Writing style
Award
Gold Dagger Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year, 2019.
Biography type
individual biography
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10692312
Cataloging source
DLC
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1963-
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Macintyre, Ben
Dewey number
  • 327.1273047092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
UB271.S652
LC item number
M33 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Gordievsky, Oleg
  • Soviet Union
  • Gordievsky, Oleg
  • Soviet Union
  • Cold War (1945-1989)
  • Gordievsky, Oleg
  • Sovetskaja Associacija Meézdunarodnogo Prava
  • Gordievsky, Oleg
  • Soviet Union
  • Cold War (1945-1989.)
  • Spies
  • Intelligence service
  • Cold War
  • Spies
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Intelligence service
  • Spies
  • Soviet Union
  • Intelligence service
  • Cold War
  • Spies
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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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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101904190
Lccn
2018024662
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)1039191063
Label
The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, Ben Macintyre
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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 -- The runner -- Finlandia -- Epilogue: Passport for Pimlico -- Codenames and aliases
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 358 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101904190
Lccn
2018024662
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)1039191063

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