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Having seen the film, there was much gained by reading the book which is a page turner in all respects. The author's style bears resemblance to Baldacci or Dan Brown with a machine-gun like style filled with suspense and intrigue; this is the REAL world of spies, deception and government lies. While reading about the events leading up to the construction of the Berlin wall I couldn't help but think of Trump and his desire to put a wall between the US and Mexico. There's so much to learn with this story from a humanity, historic and ideological perspective and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys rapid paced non-fiction.
The excellent film of the same name came out in 2015. According to my research, the film is not based on this book. The subject matter is parallel. James B. Donavon who was Gary Powers' lawyer, sent by the CIA to negotiate his release, wrote his own book back in 1964 titled' Strangers on a Bridge'. He was consulted for the film. However, be that as it may, Giles Whittell's book on the same topic,was published in 2010.It is very readable and informative and shows extensive research. The story of the exchange of the Russian spies and Gary Powers, the U2 pilot captured by the Russians is a remarkable account of what went on at the height of the Cold War. Fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.