The Spy and the Traitor
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 5:30PM
King Library

Book Discussion

Author: Ben Macintyre

Facilitated by: Mr. Richard Bock

A thrilling tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States’ nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky’s name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain’s obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.

Unfolding the three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in Gordievsky’s nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre’s latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines overlap between the personal and the professional, and one man’s hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

About the Facilitator
Trained as an electrical engineer with the addition of an MBA, Mr. Richard Bock has worked many years in the computer field, selling hardware and software throughout the world at a time when technology was new to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. As a certified aircraft flight instructor and ocean sailor, Richard has learned and experienced first-hand the pleasures of these adventures.  In addition, his experience in the U.S. Air Force fed his interest in military history.


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