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Bridge of Spies - A True Story of the Cold War

Giles Whittell

The dramatic events behind the Oscar-winning film, Bridge of Spies, tracing the paths leading to the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie on February 10, 1962. Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters whose fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War: 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. The three men were rescued against daunting odds, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully 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. He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Nikita Khrushchev to send missiles to Fidel Castro. 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. The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step

The dramatic events behind the Oscar-winning film, Bridge of Spies, tracing the paths leading to the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie on February 10, 1962. Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters whose fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War: 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. The three men were rescued against daunting odds, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully 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. He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Nikita Khrushchev to send missiles to Fidel Castro. 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. The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step
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History

Description:

The dramatic events behind the Oscar-winning film, Bridge of Spies, tracing the paths leading to the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie on February 10, 1962. Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters whose fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War: 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. The three men were rescued against daunting odds, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully 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. He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Nikita Khrushchev to send missiles to Fidel Castro. 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. The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Keeble

Length:

10h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:41


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:46


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

10:00


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:12


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:30


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:23


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:22