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Whittell, Giles

Overview
Works: 26 works in 118 publications in 4 languages and 2,917 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Guidebooks  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QL737.C425, 599.51
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Most widely held works about Giles Whittell
 
Most widely held works by Giles Whittell
The story of three whales by Giles Whittell( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how the concerted efforts of an international team of concerned people eased the suffering of three gray whales trapped by ice off the coast of Alaska and eventually helped two of them back to the open sea
Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War by Giles Whittell( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West' Bridge of Spies vividly traces their paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962, when their fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War. Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters ' William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America's most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy, arrested and held without charge by the Stasi, East Germany's secret police. By weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully portrays the intense political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that brought the United States and Soviet Union so close to a hot war in the early 1960s. He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro. Two of his subjects ' the spy and the pilot ' were the original seekers of weapons of mass destruction. The third, an intellectual, fluent in German, unencumbered by dependents, and researching a Ph. D. thesis on the foreign trade system of the Soviet bloc, seemed to the Stasi precisely the sort of person the CIA should have been recruiting. He was not. In over his head in the world capital of spying, he was wrongly charged with espionage and thus came to the Agency's notice by a more roundabout route. The three men were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Drawing on new interviews conducted in the United States, Europe and Russia with key players in the exchange and the events leading to it, among them Frederic Pryor himself and the man who shot down Gary Powers, Bridge of Spies captures a time when the fate of the world really did depend on coded messages on microdots and brave young men in pressure suits. The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step back from where the superpowers had stood since the building of the Berlin Wall the previous summer ' on the brink of World War III. From the Hardcover edition
Spitfire women of World War II by Giles Whittell( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the unsung heroines who flew the newest, fastest, aeroplanes in World War II - mostly in southern England where the RAF was desperately short of pilots
Central Asia : the practical handbook by Giles Whittell( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War by Giles Whittell( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who were the three men the Soviet and American superpowers exchanged on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962? Bridge of Spies is a true story of three 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
Spitfire women of World War II by Giles Whittell( Recording )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the unsung heroines who flew the newest, fastest, aeroplanes in World War II - mostly in southern England where the RAF was desperately short of pilots
Lambada country : a ride across Eastern Europe by Giles Whittell( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true story of the Cold War by Giles Whittell( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Asia( )

in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell( )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic events behind the film, BRIDGE OF SPIES . Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly traces their paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962, when their fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War. Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters? William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America's most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy, arrested and held without charge by the Stasi, East Germany's secret police. By weaving the three strands of this story together for the first time, Giles Whittell masterfully portrays the intense political tensions and nuclear brinkmanship that brought the United States and Soviet Union so close to a hot war in the early 1960s. He reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro. Two of his subjects? the spy and the pilot? were the original seekers of weapons of mass destruction. The third, an intellectual, fluent in German, unencumbered by dependents, and researching a Ph. D. thesis on the foreign trade system of the Soviet bloc, seemed to the Stasi precisely the sort of person the CIA should have been recruiting. He was not. In over his head in the world capital of spying, he was wrongly charged with espionage and thus came to the Agency's notice by a more roundabout route. The three men were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten. Yet they laid bare the pathological mistrust that fueled the arms race for the next 30 years. Drawing on new interviews conducted in the United States, Europe and Russia with key players in the exchange and the events leading to it, among them Frederic Pryor himself and the man who shot down Gary Powers, Bridge of Spies captures a time when the fate of the world really did depend on coded messages on microdots and brave young men in pressure suits. The exchange that frigid day at two of the most sensitive points along the Iron Curtain represented the first step back from where the superpowers had stood since the building of the Berlin Wall the previous summer? on the brink of World War III. From the Hardcover edition
Kobiety w kokpicie : zapomniane bohaterki drugiej wojny światowej by Giles Whittell( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Polish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zwischen den Kontinenten : eine Reise durch Zentralasien führt einen englischen Journalisten in Paradies und Hölle zugleich by Giles Whittell( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Asia : the practical handbook : Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan, Kazakhstan, the Karakoram Highway & Western China by Giles Whittell( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lambada land by Giles Whittell( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Dutch and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van een fietstocht door Oost-Europa begin jaren negentig
Extreme continental : blowing hot and cold through Central Asia by Giles Whittell( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Najpotężniejsza kobieta w Rosji pokazuje pazury by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mówili, że nigdy nie wyjdę z Kremla. A mnie się udało by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Historia świata w wydaniu ulubieńca Gatesa by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Projekt wielkiej historii" D. Christiana sponsorowany przez B. Gatesa
Podatkiem w bogatych albo rewolucja by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Na marginesie książki "Kapitał w XXI wieku"
Wie, jak zarobić miliardy z niczego by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Spitfire women of World War II
Languages
English (101)

Polish (7)

German (2)

Dutch (1)

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Spitfire women of World War IICentral Asia : the practical handbookBridge of spies : a true story of the Cold WarLambada country : a ride across Eastern Europe