The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre paperback

Out today in paperback is the non-fiction work The Spy and the Traitor by journalist Ben Macintyre. I read this book in hardback at the start of the year and enjoyed it, so the paperback is recommended.

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…

The Spy and the Traitor is published by Penguin on 30 May 2019.