Reviews

  • The best true spy story I have ever read

    John le Carré on 'The Spy and the Traitor'
  • Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else. He has a remarkable ability to construct a narrative that is as taut and urgent as it is carefully nuanced.

    John Preston, Evening Standard
  • Macintyre has found a real-life heroine worthy of his gifts as John le Carré's nonfiction counterpart

    New York Times
  • This book is classic Ben Macintyre...quirky human details enliven every page... it is Macintyre's own vivid retelling of her perilous professional, personal and political life that make Agent Sonya such an accessible spy story.

    Spectator
  • He has the unerring gift of uncovering those astonishing truths that make even the best novelists of espionage seem both earthbound and artificial in comparison

    Daily Telegraph
  • His best book yet

    The Times
  • Another year, another blockbuster real-life spy tome... Think John le Carré at his early best - but fact not fiction

    Daily Express
  • He...spins gloriously through one of the most extraordinary private lives of the 20th century

    Daily Mail, Book of the Week
  • In Agent Sonya, Macintyre has pulled off his most remarkable trick: he leaves us admiring, and even cheering for, the woman at the heart of his story, someone who not only wanted to destroy our democracy but helped Russia get a nuclear bomb. She is the strongest character of all in Macintyre's bestselling series of wartime tales... I raced through the pages to keep up with the plot

    Evening Standard
  • This impeccably researched account of her double life spans continents and is brilliantly compelling

    Sunday Mirror

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