About The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
The Spy and the Traitor is a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.
Gordievsky was one of the most crucial spies in history—a man who, as a member of the KGB, had access to the deepest secrets of Soviet intelligence. In 1980, he passed on word to MI6 that Yuri Andropov, then head of the KGB, was planning to assassinate Pope John Paul II. MI6 quickly spirited him out of Russia and into hiding in England, where he spent ten years undercover. In 1990, as communism began to collapse across Eastern Europe, Gordievsky finally emerged from hiding and revealed himself to be