The Spy and the Traitor

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‘THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ’ JOHN LE CARRÉ

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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© Ben MacIntyre 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018

Critics Review

  • Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving

    John le Carré on 'Agent Zigzag'
  • Impeccably researched, superbly told – by far the best book on the SAS in World War II

    Antony Beevor on 'SAS'
  • Thrilling. Ben Macintyre is the ideal narrator

    Spectator on 'SAS'
  • Thorough and highly entertaining. It would be nigh on impossible to praise it too highly

    Daily Express on 'SAS'

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