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Whittell, Giles

Overview
Works: 85 works in 192 publications in 4 languages and 2,955 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Guidebooks  Biographies 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works about Giles Whittell
 
Most widely held works by Giles Whittell
Bridge of spies : a true story of the Cold War by Giles Whittell( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 823 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
The story of three whales by Giles Whittell( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 780 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
Spitfire women of World War II by Giles Whittell( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 529 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 )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Asia : the practical handbook by Giles Whittell( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 83 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
Spitfire women of World War II by Giles Whittell( Recording )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 46 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 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central Asia( )

in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 4 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
Od tej ustawy zależy los Obamy by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2010 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Posuń się, Sarah Pallin, do miasta przybyła nowa mama grizzly by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Amerykański mściciel po zabiciu bin Ladena znów wygra wybory by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Le Pen może zostać prezydentem, jeśli nastawi się na długą batalię by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2017 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rycerz Jedi wraca z Afganistanu by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2010 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Izrael i Ameryka modlą się, by Egipt nie przeobraził się w drugi Iran by Giles Whittell( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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

 
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Alternative Names
吉爾斯·惠特爾

Languages
English (114)

Polish (8)

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