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    DescriptionWho 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 exchange 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 - Rudolf Abel, 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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    Bridge of Spies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Whittell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 502 g
    ISBN 13: 9780857201638
    ISBN 10: 0857201638

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    Simon & Schuster Ltd
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    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    20 January 2011
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    Author Information
    Giles Whittell is the Washington, DC bureau chief for the "Times of London." He has been the "Times"' correspondent in Moscow and Los Angeles and has written four previous books including two about the break-up of the Soviet empire. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    'Riveting, meticulously researched and beautifully written, Bridge of Spies unlocks one of the most fascinating espionage mysteries of the Cold War' Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag