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Abel : the true story of the spy they traded for Gary Powers / Vin Arthey.

Arthey, Vin, (author.).

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Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 327.12092 ARTHEY (Text) 34706001515016 Non-Fiction 300-399 Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781849549691
  • ISBN: 1849549699
  • Physical Description: xxii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: London : Biteback Publishing, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published as The Kremlin's Geordie spy in Great Britain in 2010"--Colophon.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-215) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Machine generated contents note: 1. German-Russian beginnings -- 2. Newcastle upon Tyne -- 3. Gun-running -- 4. To the coast -- 5. Return to Russia -- 6. Recruitment -- 7. Scandinavian mission -- 8. Home again -- Moscow and London -- 9. The Great Purge -- 10. Special tasks -- 11. Training for a new assignment -- 12. First US missions -- 13. Undercover artist -- 14. Testing times -- 15. Trial -- 16. Exchange of prisoners -- 17. An unquiet death.
Summary, etc.:
The true story behind the events depicted in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Bridge of Spies. On 10 February 1962, Gary Powers, the American pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down in Soviet airspace, was released by his captors in exchange for one Colonel Rudolf Abel, aka Vilyam Fisher - one of the most extraordinary characters in the history of the Cold War. Born plain William Fisher at 140 Clara Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, this bona fide British grammar schoolboy was the child of revolutionary parents who had fled tsarist oppression in Russia. Retracing their steps, their son returned to his spiritual homeland, the newly formed Soviet Union, aged just eighteen. Willie became Vilyam and, narrowly escaping Stalin's purges, embarked on a mission to New York, where he ran the network that stole America's atomic secrets. In 1957, Willie's luck ran out and he was arrested and sentenced to thirty years in prison. Five years later, the USSR's regard for his talents was proven when they insisted on swapping him for the stricken Powers. Tracing Willie's tale from the most unlikely of beginnings in Newcastle, to Moscow, the streets of New York and back again, Abel is a singular and absorbing true story of Cold War espionage to rival anything in fiction -- Source other than Library of Congress.
Subject: Abel, Rudolf, 1903-1971.
Espionage, Soviet > New York (State) > New York > History > 20th century.
Spies > Soviet Union > Biography.
Spies > Great Britain > Biography.
Children of immigrants > England > Newcastle upon Tyne > Biography.

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