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Strangers on a Bridge - The Case of Colonel Abel

James Donovan

Originally published in 1964, this is the "enthralling…truly remarkable" (The New York Times Book Review) insider account of the Cold War spy exchange that is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks-with a new foreword by Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous "Bridge of Spies" which then linked West Berlin to East. With him, walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had negotiated. These were the strangers on a bridge, men of East and West, representatives of two opposed worlds meeting in a moment of high drama. Abel was the most gifted, the most mysterious, the most effective spy in his time. His trial, which began in a Brooklyn United States District Court and ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, chillingly revealed the methods and successes of Soviet espionage. No one was better equipped to tell the whole absorbing history than James B. Donovan, who was appointed to defend one of his country's enemies and did so with scrupulous skill. In Strangers on a Bridge, the lead prosecutor in the Nuremburg Trials offers a clear-eyed and fast-paced memoir that is part procedural drama, part dark character study and reads like a noirish espionage thriller. From the first interview with Abel to the exchange on the bridge in Berlin-and featuring unseen photographs of Donovan and Abel as well as trial notes and sketches drawn from Abel's prison cell-here is an important historical narrative that is "as fascinating as it is exciting" (The Houston Chronicle).

Originally published in 1964, this is the "enthralling…truly remarkable" (The New York Times Book Review) insider account of the Cold War spy exchange that is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks-with a new foreword by Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous "Bridge of Spies" which then linked West Berlin to East. With him, walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had negotiated. These were the strangers on a bridge, men of East and West, representatives of two opposed worlds meeting in a moment of high drama. Abel was the most gifted, the most mysterious, the most effective spy in his time. His trial, which began in a Brooklyn United States District Court and ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, chillingly revealed the methods and successes of Soviet espionage. No one was better equipped to tell the whole absorbing history than James B. Donovan, who was appointed to defend one of his country's enemies and did so with scrupulous skill. In Strangers on a Bridge, the lead prosecutor in the Nuremburg Trials offers a clear-eyed and fast-paced memoir that is part procedural drama, part dark character study and reads like a noirish espionage thriller. From the first interview with Abel to the exchange on the bridge in Berlin-and featuring unseen photographs of Donovan and Abel as well as trial notes and sketches drawn from Abel's prison cell-here is an important historical narrative that is "as fascinating as it is exciting" (The Houston Chronicle).
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Originally published in 1964, this is the "enthralling…truly remarkable" (The New York Times Book Review) insider account of the Cold War spy exchange that is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks-with a new foreword by Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous "Bridge of Spies" which then linked West Berlin to East. With him, walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had negotiated. These were the strangers on a bridge, men of East and West, representatives of two opposed worlds meeting in a moment of high drama. Abel was the most gifted, the most mysterious, the most effective spy in his time. His trial, which began in a Brooklyn United States District Court and ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, chillingly revealed the methods and successes of Soviet espionage. No one was better equipped to tell the whole absorbing history than James B. Donovan, who was appointed to defend one of his country's enemies and did so with scrupulous skill. In Strangers on a Bridge, the lead prosecutor in the Nuremburg Trials offers a clear-eyed and fast-paced memoir that is part procedural drama, part dark character study and reads like a noirish espionage thriller. From the first interview with Abel to the exchange on the bridge in Berlin-and featuring unseen photographs of Donovan and Abel as well as trial notes and sketches drawn from Abel's prison cell-here is an important historical narrative that is "as fascinating as it is exciting" (The Houston Chronicle).

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

13h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

57:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

35:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

27:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

27:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

26:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

24:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

33:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

21:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

11:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

01:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

10:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:45


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:17


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:50


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

01:04


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

01:59


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

01:43


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:33


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:38


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:28


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:34


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:54


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

01:25


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

01:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:37


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:05


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:50


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:09


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

01:55


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:40


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:31


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:31


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

00:51


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

01:47


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:52


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:46


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:07


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

00:35


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:59


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:02


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:35


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:50


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

21:56


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:38


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

17:57


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

21:28


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:47


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

09:18


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:30


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

12:10


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

00:52


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:09


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

01:00


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

00:55