Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

A True Story of the Cold War

Book - 2010
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Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies traces the paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962. It is the story of three men -- William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America's most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy, arrested and held without charge by the Stasi, East Germany's secret police. By weaving the three strands of this story together, Giles Whittell portrays the intense political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that brought the United States and Soviet Union so close to a hot war in the early 1960s. Drawing on new interviews conducted in the United States, Europe, and Russia with key players in the exchange and the events leading to it, among them Frederic Pryor himself and the man who shot down Gary Powers, Bridge of Spies captures a time when the fate of the world really did depend on coded messages on microdots and brave young men in pressure suits.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, [2010]
Edition: First paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780767931083
0767931084
Branch Call Number: 327.1273/WHITTELL
Characteristics: xxii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm

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jazpur
Jul 19, 2016

The excellent film of the same name came out in 2015. According to my research, the film is not based on this book. The subject matter is parallel. James B. Donavon who was Gary Powers' lawyer, sent by the CIA to negotiate his release, wrote his own book back in 1964 titled' Strangers on a Bridge'. He was consulted for the film. However, be that as it may, Giles Whittell's book on the same topic,was published in 2010.It is very readable and informative and shows extensive research. The story of the exchange of the Russian spies and Gary Powers, the U2 pilot captured by the Russians is a remarkable account of what went on at the height of the Cold War. Fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.

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richibi
Jun 01, 2011

gripping

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