Books: The Dennis Report

STRANGERS ON A BRIDGE: THE CASE OF COLONEL ABEL by James B. Donovan. 432 pages. Atheneum. $6.95.

One day early in 1962, Brooklyn Attorney James B. Donovan received a cablegram from Berlin which said only: HAPPY NEW YEAR HELEN. The message was a coded signal that set in motion one of the dramatic moments of the cold war—the exchange of U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers for Russian Colonel Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a top Soviet spy who had been imprisoned in the U.S. for the previous 4½ years. In this absorbing new book, Lawyer Donovan,...

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