By Giles Whittell
The dramatic occasions in the back of the movie, BRIDGE OF SPIES.
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 alternate among East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly strains their paths to that alternate on February 10, 1962, whilst their destiny helped to outline the conflicts and deadly undercurrents of the main harmful years of the chilly War.
Bridge of Spies is the real tale of 3 awesome characters – William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested through the FBI in big apple urban and jailed as a Soviet superspy for attempting to scouse borrow America’s most useful nuclear secrets and techniques; Gary Powers, the yank U-2 pilot who used to be captured whilst his airplane was once shot down whereas flying a reconnaissance venture over the closed towns of vital Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a tender American graduate scholar in Berlin mistakenly pointed out as a undercover agent, arrested and held for free of charge through 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 us and Soviet Union so just about a scorching battle within the early Sixties. He unearths the dramatic lives of fellows drawn into the nadir of the chilly battle by means of accountability and interest, and the tragicomedy of blunders that finally triggered Khrushchev to ship missiles to Castro. of his subjects — the undercover agent and the pilot — were the unique seekers of guns of mass destruction. The 3rd, an highbrow, fluent in German, unencumbered by means of dependents, and discovering a Ph.D. thesis at the overseas exchange process of the Soviet bloc, looked as if it would the Stasi exactly the type of individual the CIA must have been recruiting. He was once no longer. 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 observe through a extra roundabout path. the 3 males have been rescued opposed to daunting odds through 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 performed 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 whilst the destiny of the area relatively did depend upon coded messages on microdots and courageous younger males in strain fits. The trade 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 construction of the Berlin Wall the former summer time – close to global warfare III.
From the Hardcover edition.