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Author Mitchell, Greg, 1947- author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Crown, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    943.155 MIT    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    943.155 MIT    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 382 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Summary "A thrilling Cold War narrative exploring two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling beneath the Berlin Wall, the U.S. television networks who financed and filmed them, and the Kennedy administration's unprecedented attempt to suppress both films. In the summer of 1962, one year after East German Communists built the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans came up with a plan. They would risk prison, Stasi torture, even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall. Among the tunnelers and escape helpers were a legendary cyclist, an American student from Stanford, and an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English Channel. Then two U.S. television networks, NBC and CBS, heard about the secret projects, and raced to be first to air a spectacular 'inside tunnel' special on the human will for freedom. The networks funded two separate tunnels in return for exclusive rights to film the escapes. In response, President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk, wary of anything that might raise tensions and force a military confrontation with the Soviets, maneuvered to quash both documentaries. Unfolding week by week, sometimes hour by hour, Greg Mitchell's riveting narrative deftly cuts back and forth from one extraordinary character to another. There's the tunneler who had already served four years in the East German gulag; the Stasi informer who betrays the 'CBS tunnel'; the young East Berliner who escapes with her baby, then marries one of the tunnelers; and broadcast legend Daniel Schorr, who battled unsuccessfully to save his film from White House interference and remained bitter about it to the end of his life. Looming over all is John F. Kennedy, who was ambivalent about--even hostile toward--the escape operations. Kennedy confessed to Dean Rusk: 'We don't care about East Berlin.' Based on extensive access to the Stasi archives, long-secret U.S. documents, and new interviews with tunnelers and refugees."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The Cyclist -- Two Italians and a German -- The Recruits -- The President -- The Correspondent -- The Leaks -- Schorr and the Secretary -- Kiefholz Strasse -- Interrogations -- The Intruder -- The Martyr -- Coming Up Short -- Schonholzer Strasse -- Underground Film -- Threats -- The Buried Tunnel -- Sabotage -- Coming Up for Air -- Epilogue -- Cast of Characters.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Political and social views.
National Broadcasting Company -- History.
Columbia Broadcasting System, inc. -- History.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Tunnels -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Escapes -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Escapes -- Germany (East) -- History.
Political activists -- Germany (West) -- Biography.
Refugees -- Germany (East) -- Biography.
Documentary films -- Censorship -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Mitchell, Greg, 1947- Tunnels. First edition. New York : Crown Publishing, 2016 9781101903865 (DLC) 2016015896
ISBN 9781101903858 (hardback)
1101903856 (hardback)

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