The Tunnels - Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill-logo

The Tunnels - Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill

Greg Mitchell

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A thrilling Cold War narrative of superpower showdowns, media suppression, and two escape tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall In the summer of 1962, the year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture, and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall. Then two U.S. television networks heard about the secret projects and raced to be first to document them from the inside. NBC and CBS funded two separate tunnels in return for the right to film the escapes, planning spectacular prime-time specials. President John F. Kennedy, however, was wary of anything that might spark a confrontation with the Soviets, having said, "A wall is better than a war," and even confessing to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, "We don't care about East Berlin." JFK approved unprecedented maneuvers to quash both documentaries, testing the limits of a free press in an era of escalating nuclear tensions. As Greg Mitchell's riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Germany's top target for arrest; the Stasi informer who betrays the "CBS tunnel"; the American student who aided the escapes; an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English channel; the young East Berliner who fled with her baby, then married one of the tunnelers. Capturing the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police, U.S. networks prepared to "pay for play" yet willing to cave to official pressure, a White House eager to suppress historic coverage, and the subversive power of ordinary people in dire circumstances, The Tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive read whose themes still reverberate. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

12h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

00:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:28


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:19


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:28


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:37


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:19


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:32


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:53


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:27


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:16


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:00


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:38


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:40


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:23


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:32


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:23


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:00


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:50


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:35


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:15


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:30


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:34


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:47


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:40


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:45


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:04


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:36


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:33


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:35


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:17


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:05


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:27


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:57


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:13


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:21


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:54


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:22


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

00:31