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Originally published in 1964, this is the “enthralling…truly remarkable” (The New York Times Book Review) insider account of the Cold War spy exchange that is now the subject of the major motion picture Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks—with a new foreword by Jason Matthews, New York Times bestselling author of Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason.

In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous “Bridge of Spies” which then linked West Berlin to East. With him, walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had been negotiated. These were the strangers on a bridge, men of East and West, representatives of two opposed worlds meeting in a moment of high drama.

Abel was the most gifted, the most mysterious, the most effective spy in his time. His trial, which began in a Brooklyn United States District Court and ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, chillingly revealed the methods and successes of Soviet espionage.

No one was better equipped to tell the whole absorbing history than James B. Donovan, who was appointed to defend one of his country’s enemies and did so with scrupulous skill. In Strangers on a Bridge, the lead prosecutor in the Nuremburg Trials offers a clear-eyed and fast-paced memoir that is part procedural drama, part dark character study and reads like a noirish espionage thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…A top-notch spy thriller.”


  • “As compelling as The Spy Who Came In From the Cold—except it happens to be true.”


  • “As fascinating as it is exciting.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Unique in the strange history of the Iron Curtain…Enthralling…A truly remarkable account of how the author fulfilled his stewardship as a lawyer and as a negotiator. He has done us a real service in writing this engrossing and forthright book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Well written and informative, Strangers on a Bridge is a wonderful firsthand account of the most notable spy swap made during the height of the Cold War…the book gives an accurate overview of the behind the scenes negotiations that resulted in KGB Colonel Rudolph Abel being exchange for my father, CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, in February 1962 on the Bridge of Spies.”

    Francis Gary Powers Jr., founder and chairman Eemeritus, Cold War Museum

  • “An impressive story of devotion to justice and the national interest.”

    M.C. Miskovsky, CIA

  • “This book is much more than the exciting journal of one of history’s great espionage cases, its preparation, trial, and appeal and its dramatic dénouement at the Glienicker Bridge. Anyone who thrills to spy narratives, brilliant investigative work, and skillful courtroom tactics will be sure to enjoy it.”

    Charles S. Desmond, former chief judge of New York

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