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An evening with Ben Macintyre on his new book The Spy and the Traitor

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Join us at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Monday, September 17 for an exclusive evening with historian and columnist and associate editor, The Times, Ben Macintyre.

Subscribers can join Ben as he discusses his new book, The Spy and the Traitor, a thrilling Cold War story about Oleg Gordievsky, one of the greatest spies of the twentieth century. 

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.

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Among Friends and SAS: Rogue Heroes.

This is the first event of Ben’s nationwide Autumn book tour, revealing photographs and other material that has never been seen before. The Spy and the Traitor will be published on September 20 by Viking, with copies available to purchase at a discounted rate within your ticket for the event. Alternatively, full price copies of the book will be available to buy at the event, ahead of the official on-sale date.

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