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The Terminal Spy - A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder

Alan S. Cowell

In a page-turning narrative that reads like a thriller, an award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world's first act of nuclear terrorism. On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia's lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia's oil riches and Vladimir Putin's thirst for power. Cowell provides a remarkable and detailed reconstruction both of how Litvinenko died and of the issues surrounding his murder. Drawing on exclusive reporting from Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States, he traces in unprecedented detail the polonium trail leading from Russia's closed nuclear cities through Moscow and Hamburg to the Millenium Hotel in central London. He provides the most detailed step-by-step explanation of how and whe

In a page-turning narrative that reads like a thriller, an award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world's first act of nuclear terrorism. On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia's lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia's oil riches and Vladimir Putin's thirst for power. Cowell provides a remarkable and detailed reconstruction both of how Litvinenko died and of the issues surrounding his murder. Drawing on exclusive reporting from Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States, he traces in unprecedented detail the polonium trail leading from Russia's closed nuclear cities through Moscow and Hamburg to the Millenium Hotel in central London. He provides the most detailed step-by-step explanation of how and whe
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In a page-turning narrative that reads like a thriller, an award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world's first act of nuclear terrorism. On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia's lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia's oil riches and Vladimir Putin's thirst for power. Cowell provides a remarkable and detailed reconstruction both of how Litvinenko died and of the issues surrounding his murder. Drawing on exclusive reporting from Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States, he traces in unprecedented detail the polonium trail leading from Russia's closed nuclear cities through Moscow and Hamburg to the Millenium Hotel in central London. He provides the most detailed step-by-step explanation of how and whe

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

6h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:00

Introduction
Introduction

05:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:41


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:37