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

Ben MacIntyre

  • First edition
  • First printing
  • Signed by the author

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Hardcover New and Signed First Edition. Dust jacket is in fine condition.

This book will be available on 10th October after our event with Ben MacIntyre.

A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain’s greatest historians. 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…

  • ISBN 9780241186657
  • Title The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • Author Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Viking
  • Binding Hardback
  • Width 15.3cm
  • Height 23.4cm
  • Number of pages 352

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