The Tunnels is 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. Based on extensive access to the Stasi archives, long-secret U.S. documents, and new interviews with tunnelers and refugees, The Tunnels provides both rich history and high suspense. Award-winning journalist Greg Mitchell captures the hopes and fears of everyday Berliners; the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police; U.S. networks prepared to “pay for play” yet willing to cave to official pressure; and a White House and State Department eager to suppress historic coverage. The result is “breaking history,” a propulsive read whose themes reverberate even today. Check out Mitchell’s letter to librarians below!
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“Mitchell delivers a gripping, blow-by-blow account of one grueling dig and dramatic rescue…Mitchell’s tense, fascinating account reveals how the U.S. undermined a freedom struggle for the sake of diplomacy.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
“The author ably captures the dedication of the men and women trying to get family, friends, and complete strangers to freedom….A gripping page-turner that thrills like fiction.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
“The Tunnels is one of the great untold stories of the Cold War. Brilliantly researched and told with great flair, Greg Mitchell’s non-fiction narrative reads like the best spy thriller, something Le Carré might have imagined. Easily the best book I’ve read all year.” —ALEX KERSHAW, author of Avenue of Spies
“When you have read the last page of Greg Mitchell’s The Tunnels you will close the book—but not until then.” —ALAN FURST, author of A Hero of France and Night Soldiers