Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War

Written by:
Giles Whittell
Narrated by:
Jonathan Keeble

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2015
10 hours 55 minutes
The “riveting, meticulously researched, and beautifully written” (Ben Macintyre, author of The Spy and the Traitor) true story chronicles the first and most legendary prisoner exchange of the Cold War, between East and West at Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie
“A marvelous saga of dangerous missions, helter-skelter innovation, and clandestine activity.”—The Wall Street Journal

Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first prisoner exchange of the nuclear age? Bridge of Spies vividly traces their paths to that electrifying moment on February 10, 1962, when their fates helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the cold war.
Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters—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 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.
Giles Whittell masterfully weaves the three strands of this story together and reconstructs the brinkmanship and covert mind games that brought the United States and Soviet Union so close to a hot war in the early 1960s. The exchange that day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step back from where the superpowers had stood since the building of the Berlin Wall the previous summer—on the brink of World War III.
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Kathleen Berganski

It was painful trying to get through this. The narration was horrible - dreary tone with words coming out ever so slowly. Movie promos were enticing so I thought the book would be wonderful. Exactly the opposite. I spent hours waiting for it to get better. It never did so I stopped listening. True story, yes. Detail after detail after detail, certainly not necessary to get to the point of the story.

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Laurel Laing

The true story of the Cold War brought back memories of childhood and the history that lots of us have lived through. I definitely recommend this book,

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