By Giles Whittell
Who have been the 3 males the yank and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie within the first and such a lot mythical prisoner trade among East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly lines their paths to that trade on February 10, 1962, while their destiny helped to outline the conflicts and deadly undercurrents of the main risky years of the chilly War.
Bridge of Spies is the real tale of 3 amazing characters – William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested by means of the FBI in manhattan urban and jailed as a Soviet superspy for attempting to thieve America’s most useful nuclear secrets and techniques; Gary Powers, the yank U-2 pilot who was once captured while his aircraft was once shot down whereas flying a reconnaissance project over the closed towns of vital Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a tender American graduate scholar in Berlin mistakenly pointed out as a secret agent, arrested and held for gratis by way of the Stasi, East Germany’s mystery police.
By weaving the 3 strands of this tale jointly for the 1st time, Giles Whittell masterfully portrays the serious political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that introduced the USA and Soviet Union so just about a scorching struggle within the early Sixties. He unearths the dramatic lives of guys drawn into the nadir of the chilly warfare by way of accountability and interest, and the tragicomedy of mistakes that at last triggered Khrushchev to ship missiles to Castro. of his topics — the undercover agent and the pilot — have been the unique seekers of guns of mass destruction. The 3rd, an highbrow, fluent in German, unencumbered via dependents, and learning a Ph.D. thesis at the overseas alternate approach of the Soviet bloc, looked as if it would the Stasi exactly the kind of individual the CIA must have been recruiting. He was once now not. In over his head on the earth capital of spying, he used to be wrongly charged with espionage and therefore got here to the Agency’s detect by means of a extra roundabout direction. the 3 males have been rescued opposed to daunting odds by means of destiny and by means of their households, after which all yet forgotten. but they laid naked the pathological distrust that fueled the palms race for the subsequent 30 years.
Drawing on new interviews carried out within the usa, Europe and Russia with key avid gamers within the alternate and the occasions resulting in it, between them Frederic Pryor himself and the guy who shot down Gary Powers, Bridge of Spies captures a time while the destiny of the area fairly did rely on coded messages on microdots and courageous younger males in strain matches. The alternate that frigid day at of the main delicate issues alongside the Iron Curtain represented step one again from the place the superpowers had stood because the development of the Berlin Wall the former summer season – on the point of global conflict III.
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