Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War

Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War

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By (author) Giles Whittell

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  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 242mm x 28mm | 510g
  • Publication date: 9 November 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0385668066
  • ISBN 13: 9780385668064
  • Illustrations note: 8 PG B+W INSERT

Product description

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.

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Author information

GILES WHITTELL is currently the Washington, DC bureau chief for the London Times. He has been based in Times bureaus all over the world, including Moscow and Los Angeles. He has written four previous books.

Table of contents

Dramatis Personae Author’s Note Prologue   part one Missions Implausible 1 / The Waterspout 2 / The Agent 3 / The Pilot 4 / The Innocent   part two Spy Catchers 5 / Stakeout 6 / American Justice 7 / Falling from a Long Way Up   part three Caught in the Act 8 / City of Cowboys and Indians 9 / A First-Class Panic 10 / Soviet Justice 11 / The Man in the Scarlet Sports Car   part four Anatomy of a Deal 12 / Poker for Table Stakes 13 / Three Men and a Bridge   Epilogue A Note on Sources Acknowledgments Index