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Spy pilot : Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 incident, and a controversial Cold War legacy

Title
Spy pilot : Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 incident, and a controversial Cold War legacy / Francis Gary Powers Jr. and Keith Dunnavant ; foreword by Sergei Khrushchev.
ISBN
9781633884687
1633884686
9781633884694 (eBook)
Publication
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2019]
Copyright Notice Date
©2019
Physical Description
296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"Based on newly available information, the son of famed U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that his father was part of. One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international incident. Soviet authorities eventually released him in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977. Now his son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., has written this new account of his father's life based on personal files that have never been previously available. Delving into old audio tapes, the transcript of his father's debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with his contemporaries, Powers sets the record straight. The result is a fascinating piece of Cold War history. Almost sixty years after the event, this will be the definitive account of a famous Cold War incident, one proving that Francis Gary Powers acted honorably through a trying ordeal in service to his country"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 incident, and a controversial Cold War legacy
Other formats
Online version: Powers, Francis Gary, Jr., 1965- author. Spy pilot Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2019]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 31, 2019
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The restless heart
Open skies
Mayday repatriated
Lost in a crowd
Searching for Francis
Voice from the grave
The last echo
Unfinished business.
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