Description or summary of the book: In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U-2 incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. After surviving the shoot-down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1, 1960, Powers endured sixty-one days of rigorous interrogation by the KGB, a public trial, a conviction for espionage, and the start of a ten-year sentence. After nearly two years, the U.S. government obtained his release from prison in a dramatic exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel. The narrative is a tremendously exciting suspense story about a man who was labeled a traitor by many of his countrymen but who emerged a Cold War hero.
Estimated reading time (average reader): 17H40M39S
Other categories, genre or collection: Military History, Biography: Historical, Political & Military, Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military, European History, Military Engineering, Air Forces & Warfare, History Of The Americas, Aircraft, Military Intelligence, Postwar 20th Century History, From C 1945 To C 2000
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