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The Resource The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill, Greg Mitchell

The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill, Greg Mitchell

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The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill
Title
The tunnels
Title remainder
escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill
Statement of responsibility
Greg Mitchell
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the summer of 1962, the year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture, and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall. Then two U.S. television networks heard about the secret projects and raced to be first to document them from the inside. NBC and CBS funded two separate tunnels in return for the right to film the escapes, planning spectacular prime-time specials. President John F. Kennedy, however, was wary of anything that might spark a confrontation with the Soviets, having said, “A wall is better than a war,” and even confessing to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, "We don't care about East Berlin." JFK approved unprecedented maneuvers to quash both documentaries, testing the limits of a free press in an era of escalating nuclear tensions. As Greg Mitchell's riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Germany's top target for arrest; the Stasi informer who betrays the “CBS tunnel”; the American student who aided the escapes; an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English channel; the young East Berliner who fled with her baby, then married one of the tunnelers. Capturing the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police, U.S. networks prepared to “pay for play” yet willing to cave to official pressure, a White House eager to suppress historic coverage, and the subversive power of ordinary people in dire circumstances, The Tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive read whose themes still reverberate,"--Amazon.com
Summary
A dramatic Cold War narrative of two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling beneath the Berlin Wall also describes the financial contributions of two U.S. television networks who would document the stories and the efforts of the Kennedy administration to suppress both films
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Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10530301
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1947-
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Mitchell, Greg
Dewey number
943/.1550875
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DD900
LC item number
.M58 2016b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Kennedy, John F.
  • National Broadcasting Company
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.
  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Tunnels
  • Escapes
  • Escapes
  • Political activists
  • Refugees
  • Documentary films
  • Large type books
Target audience
adult
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escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill
Label
The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill, Greg Mitchell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [505]-560) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20822646
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First large print edition.
Extent
xvi, 592 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780735285835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn936347290
  • (OCoLC)936347290
Label
The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill, Greg Mitchell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [505]-560) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20822646
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First large print edition.
Extent
xvi, 592 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780735285835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn936347290
  • (OCoLC)936347290

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