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The Resource Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War, Giles Whittell

Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War, Giles Whittell

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Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War
Title
Bridge of spies
Title remainder
a true story of the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
Giles Whittell
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies traces the paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962. It is the story of three men -- 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. By weaving the three strands of this story together, Giles Whittell 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. 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
Summary
Documents the stories of three men at the center of a legendary first prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and America, describing the possibility that these events may have triggered the arms race
Biography type
contains biographical information
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370845
Cataloging source
CGP
Dewey number
327.127304709045
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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a true story of the Cold War
Label
Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War, Giles Whittell
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "Originally published in hardcover ... by Broadway Books ... in 2010"--Title page verso
  • Adapted into a Steven Spielberg film of the same title in 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
The waterspout -- The agent -- The pilot -- The innocent -- Stakeout -- American justice -- Falling from a long way up -- City of cowboys and Indians -- A first-class panic -- Soviet justice -- The man in the scarlet sports car -- Poker for table stakes -- Three men and a bridge
Control code
839311684
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xxii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780767931083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)839311684
Label
Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War, Giles Whittell
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "Originally published in hardcover ... by Broadway Books ... in 2010"--Title page verso
  • Adapted into a Steven Spielberg film of the same title in 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
The waterspout -- The agent -- The pilot -- The innocent -- Stakeout -- American justice -- Falling from a long way up -- City of cowboys and Indians -- A first-class panic -- Soviet justice -- The man in the scarlet sports car -- Poker for table stakes -- Three men and a bridge
Control code
839311684
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xxii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780767931083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)839311684

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