Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

A True Story of the Cold War

eBook - 2010
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Who were the three men the Soviet and American superpowers exchanged on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962, in the first and most legendary prisoner exhange between East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly traces the journeys of these men, whose fate defines the complex conflicts that characterized the most dangerous years of the Cold War.

Bridge of Spies is a true story of three men — a Soviet Spy who was a master of disguise; Gary Powers, an American who was captured when his spy plane was shot down by the Russians; and Frederic Pryor, a young American doctor mistakenly identified as a spy and captured by the Soviets. The men in this three-way political swap had been drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the same tragicomedy of errors that induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro. Two of them — the spy and the pilot — were the original seekers of weapons of mass destruction. The third was an intellectual, in over his head. They were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten. Even the U2 spy-plane pilot Powers is remembered now chiefly for the way he was vilified in the U.S. on his return. Yet the fates of those men exemplified the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. This is their story.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the stories of three men at the center of a legendary first prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and America, describing the chance events that contributed to their captures and rescues and their indirect contributions to triggering the arms race.

Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780385668088
0385668082
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits

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jontalk
Jun 04, 2018

Having seen the film, there was much gained by reading the book which is a page turner in all respects. The author's style bears resemblance to Baldacci or Dan Brown with a machine-gun like style filled with suspense and intrigue; this is the REAL world of spies, deception and government lies. While reading about the events leading up to the construction of the Berlin wall I couldn't help but think of Trump and his desire to put a wall between the US and Mexico. There's so much to learn with this story from a humanity, historic and ideological perspective and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys rapid paced non-fiction.

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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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