By Monte Reel
On may possibly 1, 1960, an American U-2 secret agent aircraft was once shot down over the Soviet Union simply weeks earlier than a peace summit among the 2 international locations. The CIA concocted a canopy tale for President Eisenhower to carry, assuring him that not anyone can have survived a fall from that altitude. or even if pilot Francis Gary Powers had survived, he have been provided with a poison pin with which to devote suicide.
yet opposed to all odds, Powers emerged from the wreckage and was once seized by way of the KGB. He confessed to espionage fees, revealing to the area that Eisenhower had simply lied to the yank people--and to the Soviet most desirable. Infuriated, Nikita Khrushchev slammed the door on a unprecedented establishing in chilly struggle relations.
In A Brotherhood of Spies, award-winning journalist Monte Reel unearths how the U-2 secret agent application, mostly devised by way of 4 males operating in mystery, upended the chilly struggle and carved a brand new project for the CIA. This mystery fraternity, made of Edwin Land, top often called the inventor of immediate images and the pinnacle of Polaroid company; Kelly Johnson, a hard-charging taskmaster from Lockheed; Richard Bissell, the secretive and impressive spymaster; and ace Air strength flyer Powers, got down to exchange yesterday's fallible human spies with tomorrow's undetectable eye within the sky. Their clandestine successes and all-too-public disasters make this brilliantly pronounced account a true-life mystery with the top stakes and tragic repercussions.
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A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War by Monte Reel