Ben Macintyre has done it again.
His genre is 20th-century spycraft and espionage, and he had told some thrilling tales. (Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Among Friends, Agent Zigzag, Double Cross; see his Amazon author page)
Now he’s got another one — the story of Oleg Gordievsky’s betrayal of his KGB masters and the Soviet Union and Aldrich Ames, the CIA analyst and operative who very likely revealed Gordievsky’s betrayal to the Soviets. The title is The Spy and the Traitor.
The Guardian has this to say about Macintyre’s latest:
Ben Macintyre’s wonderful The Spy and the Traitor complements and enhances Gordievsky’s first-person account. It reveals the dramatic role played by MI6 in recruiting and cultivating a serving KGB insider – and keeping him alive against the odds. Gordievsky’s British contacts were a colourful bunch. Some were upper-class cold war adventurers. Others were gifted working-class linguists recruited from Oxbridge. Women played a crucial part. All realised Gordievsky was unique.Source: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintrye review – the astonishing story of a cold war superspy | Books | The Guardian
The New York Times has reviewed Macintyre’s book, which you can find here.
If you like stories like this, you have to read Ben Macintyre. He is the master at telling this kind of tale.
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