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    Brought to you by Penguin.

    The number one Sunday Times best seller

    Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize

    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....

    ©2018 Ben MacIntyre (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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    "The best true spy story I have ever read." (John Le Carré)

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    • Bruce
    • 28/03/2019

    Great listen.

    The audible equivalent of a book you can’t put down.
    Gripping story. Well researched. The first book for a long time that I couldn’t wait to continue. Narrator does a great job with the Russian pronunciation as well. Simply enjoyable whilst informative.

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    • Neuron
    • 18/10/2018

    Leave a beer capsule under the bench in the park

    This book is as good as it gets when it comes to spy stories. It starts out strong – diving straight into the story – and then it just keeps going. I can be a drifter, but it was impossible to drift away while reading this book. It keeps the reader engaged at all times.

    The protagonist is Oleg Gordievsky. A real person! Indeed, an actual former KGB spy who defected and joined MI6, becoming one of the most important spies in the cold war. If you like the show “The Americans” then you are almost guaranteed to enjoy this book as well. I particularly appreciated the descriptions of how spies communicate with one another. It can go something like this: If spy X leaves an orange peel under the right side of a bench in the southwest corner of some park, then that means that someone is onto him. But if instead, he leaves a blue chalk mark on a light pole on street Y in SOHO, that means that he wants to meet.

    The descriptions of spy communication are both fascinating and humorous. Indeed, as one would expect it can sometimes become confusing such as when one spy was supposed to drop a beer capsule instead dropped a ginger beer capsule. After a lengthy discussion it was decided that the spy probably did not distinguish between ginger beer and real beer.

    Nevertheless, there is a lot more to this book. You get insight into the political atmosphere in the 1980s, You will encounter politicians as well as spies. Yet, first and foremost, you get a top-notch cat and mouse spy chase. And the best thing is that the story is, as far as I can tell, entirely factual. The author makes it clear when he is speculating, which I appreciate. If you are at all into these types of books, then you can’t go wrong with this book

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    • Anonymous User
    • 27/06/2019

    Exciting and brilliant.

    Excellent well written, capturing a story so important to recent modern history. How brave all the characters are, irrespective of where they stand politically. The fear and limited choices were well described and real. How fortunate to be born and raised in the west.

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    • Sara Jardine
    • 21/06/2019

    Cracking story

    Fascinating and fantastical spy story made all the more gripping for being true! Made being stuck in motorway traffic a pleasure!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 05/03/2021

    Brilliant

    I loved the overall performance, the style of the story telling. I was emotionally immersed in Oleg’s journey. I had two sleepless nights towards the end of the book, pondering and wondering what would happen to this remarkable man. Impressive attention to detail. Evidently well researched but suitably compressed enough to provide a full appreciation of the magnitude of one man’s impact on the world’s greatest powers. More, please.

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    • arereviewer
    • 04/02/2021

    Decent

    Good narration and story, a bit posh but a good audiobook. I didn't know the story so it kept me hooked

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    • Dean Van Es
    • 26/01/2021

    An enthralling tale from start to finish

    I finished this book in 4 days because it was so good. It gives a glimpse into the spy world and takes you on a wild ride!

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    • M W Benseman
    • 19/01/2021

    Excellent

    Interesting, well laid out story of Gordievsky. Reading style is also appropriate for the subject.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 03/01/2021

    Must read

    Best book this year. Thrilling. Interesting. Page turner. Do not miss it. I had a wonderful time with this book.

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    • Matt
    • 02/01/2021

    Great spy history.

    I bought this thinking it was a novel. After a few chapters I thought hang on, and checked. I'm not normally one for biographies but his really intrigued me and I stuck with it.

    What a gem!
    Not only does it share some fascinating history, it really dives into the nexus of useful actionable Intel, and the the human cost of all those involved.

    No regrets whatsoever.

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    • EFB
    • 23/01/2020

    Really brilliant

    Great production with thorough historical research and Insider knowledge. Respectable and admirable author, who also performed his book convincingly. A good choice and very much worth it.

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    • Mike
    • 06/03/2021

    great cold war story

    a great Story gripping to the very end, well read. sorry for short, but typed on a mobile phone.

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    • Cecil
    • 05/01/2020

    a great story !

    i enjoyed this book a lot. It was like a Daniel Silva but real and taught a lot about the cold war.

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    • Lukas Sabo
    • 23/06/2019

    Remarkable

    I couldn't stop listening to this. It is a remarkable book and a remarkable story portraying a life and a political context of the cold war.