Negotiator by Philip J.  Bigger audiobook

Negotiator: The Life and Career of James B. Donovan

By Philip J. Bigger
Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780934223850
8.43 Hours Unabridged
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The first and only biography of intrepid attorney James B. Donovan, who was recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to broker near-impossible negotiations—now the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film, Bridge of Spies Charming, bold, and good-humored, James Donovan was a larger-than-life figure who led a fascinating and magnificently varied career, primarily as a negotiator on behalf of prisoners. When fresh out of law school, Donovan enrolled in the United States Navy during World War II and, toward the end of the war, was charged with collecting and recording evidence of Nazi atrocities, a role that then transitioned into his becoming a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. Once returned to the United States he set up a private legal practice, and his reputation grew rapidly. In 1957 he became involved with defending the captured Russian spy Rudolf Abel, and then rapidly became embroiled in a much larger international political melee as he attempted to secure the release of the captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Working privately but sanctioned by the CIA, he made many trips to East Berlin, until his eventual success. His career would then see another twist as he was entrusted with negotiating directly with Fidel Castro over the fate of the prisoners from the Bay of Pigs fiasco. In the midst of his international negotiating career he found time to run for the US Senate and become a university president.

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Summary

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The first and only biography of intrepid attorney James B. Donovan, who was recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to broker near-impossible negotiations—now the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film, Bridge of Spies

Charming, bold, and good-humored, James Donovan was a larger-than-life figure who led a fascinating and magnificently varied career, primarily as a negotiator on behalf of prisoners. When fresh out of law school, Donovan enrolled in the United States Navy during World War II and, toward the end of the war, was charged with collecting and recording evidence of Nazi atrocities, a role that then transitioned into his becoming a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. Once returned to the United States he set up a private legal practice, and his reputation grew rapidly.

In 1957 he became involved with defending the captured Russian spy Rudolf Abel, and then rapidly became embroiled in a much larger international political melee as he attempted to secure the release of the captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Working privately but sanctioned by the CIA, he made many trips to East Berlin, until his eventual success.

His career would then see another twist as he was entrusted with negotiating directly with Fidel Castro over the fate of the prisoners from the Bay of Pigs fiasco. In the midst of his international negotiating career he found time to run for the US Senate and become a university president.

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by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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For those hoping to dive deeper into the excitement of the Spielberg/Hanks movie Bridge of Spies, don’t hold your breath. This book will more than satisfy any yearning to learn more about James B. Donovan. But be warned: This book is dry with little-to-no sense of storytelling. A lot of the legal speak and talk of market values and insurance rates is downright dull. What this book does offer over the movie, though, is a much grander scope of Donovan’s life. Was the Rudolf Abel/Francis Gary Powers scenario the most compelling chapter of his life? I don’t think so. His negotiations with Castro and producing documentaries as evidence against the Nazis in the Nuremberg Trials were far more interesting, if you ask me. Listen to the audiobook for the facts; watch the movie for the drama.

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Author Bio: Philip J. Bigger

Author Bio: Philip J.  Bigger

Philip J. Bigger worked as an administrator in probation and pretrial services for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English