Just who were the three men the Soviet and American superpowers exchanged on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962? Bridge of Spies is the true story of those 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; and Frederic Pryor, a young American doctor mistakenly identified as a spy.
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. They were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten.
This is their story.
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Love reading. Three kids keep me busy so listening to books has become necessity.
I downloaded this book on a whim, wasn't expecting that much but it turned out to be a gripping read/listen. One of the best audio books I've downloaded.
If you like history, particularly the cold war era, then this book would be a great listen. The explanation of the U2 incident was excellent and I learnt a lot.
Great narration, adds a great deal to the book.
"Excellent start to finish"
I would but only as I haven't had a chance to read the hardcopy. This has been my commuting companion.
Donovan as he had great nerve and went up against two superpowers. In the first instance he tried to defend Abel or Fischer as we come to know him instead of pretending like the US government wanted him to. Again when he negotiated with Soviets and the with CIA when he wanted priors.
This is an historic event so I enjoyed the ingenuity shown by Donovan when dealing with bureaucrats.
This is a wonderful story with a bittersweet ending. The cold war made everyone a little crazy. No one except Donovan came off smelling of Roses.
"Captures the Cold War Era perfectly."
Yes, the narrative is great & the level of detail is superb.
Powers - a great insight into those finding themselves not only on the front line of the secret side of the Cold War but also thrust into the limelight.
He's a great narrator & his delivery is a please to listen to.
A few raised eyebrow moments.
I only hope the film does justice to this production.
"Cracking cold war stuff"
Exciting and pacy, this is an excellent cold war thriller, focusing on the personal stories that brought three people to that most quintessential spy moment - the exchange on the bridge.
The only slow moments are those which follow Frederic Pryor, the third person in the exchange. His story has to be included for completeness, but he comes across as a rather naive dilettante who got in over his head, and all we really care about is Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel.
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