A Brotherhood of Spies

A Brotherhood of Spies

The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War

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"On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. And even if pilot Francis Gary Powers had survived, he had been supplied with a poison pin with which to commit suicide. But against all odds, Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people--and to the Soviet Premier. Infuriated, Nikita Khrushchev slammed the door on a rare opening in Cold War relations. In A Brotherhood of Spies, award-winning journalist Monte Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War and carved a new mission for the CIA. This secret fraternity, made up of Edwin Land, best known as the inventor of instant photography and the head of Polaroid Corporation; Kelly Johnson, a hard-charging taskmaster from Lockheed; Richard Bissell, the secretive and ambitious spymaster; and ace Air Force flyer Powers, set out to replace yesterday's fallible human spies with tomorrow's undetectable eye in the sky. Their clandestine successes and all-too-public failures make this brilliantly reported account a true-life thriller with the highest stakes and tragic repercussions" --
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385540209
Branch Call Number: 327.1273047 RE
Characteristics: 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Oct 02, 2018

Highly recommend. Real life that reads like a fast paced spy thriller. Why read fiction when there's non fiction/true books like this?

Jun 23, 2018

"The contradiction that would always run through the center of the CIA--the idea of a secretive agency inside a free and open society..." (page 293) Fascinating history.

Mar 26, 2018

Note the first two paragraphs. Now insert the following:
Lee Oswald was trained in the False Defectors Program, his specific mission being to give the Soviets the coordinates of the U-2 flights over Soviet airspace, allowing them the illusion they were going to be able to shoot one down. Aboard this specific U-2 was the latest crypto equipment, which had been carefully compromised and designed to allow the NSA to decrypt intercepted traffic with any similarly designed equipment - - hoping the Sovs would copy this crypto equipment aboard the U-2.
Unfortunately, shortly after Oswald // defected \\ to the Soviet Union and after that U-2 was brought down, two high-level NSA cryptoanalysts, with knowledge of this joint CIA-NSA operation really defected to the Soviet Union, and the Sovs did not fall for this Mission Impossible operation concocted by Richard Bissell at the Agency. [Real Defectors: Martin and Mitchell]


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