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    This is a fascinating and very readable account of the events surrounding the U 2 spy plane Focusing mainly on four important characters, Monte Reel shows how the U.S entered the world of spy craft during an intense period of the Cold War.In the mid 1950s, there was great concern over the perceived missile gap It was believed that the USSR had developed far nuclear missiles than the US and that America was at imminent risk It must be remembered that many at the time expected nuclear weapons would certainly be used The problem was that there was little evidence or knowledge of the actual state of things in the Soviet Union, and America didn t have a knowledgeable spy network Instead of developing a human system of informants which would have taken a lot of time , a technological solution was devised.Edwin Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera, was enlisted to develop a camera that could produce detailed photos from a great altitude, and Kelly Johnson of Lockheed came up with a very unconventional plane that would fly above 70,000 feet Richard Bissell of the CIA was charged with overseeing the operation, which was kept out of the military to avoid the appearance of an overt act of war It was believed that the U 2 would fly so hi...


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    A Brotherhood of Spies tells the captivating story of the marrying of espionage with high tech innovation This is an essential read when trying to understand the original mission of the CIA, and the ethical and technological foundations of modern spy craft Reel s narrat...


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    TL DR A Brotherhood of Spies is an information packed, readable history of the early days of the Cold War 9.5 10 Highly Recommended Disclosure Doubleday Books provided an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review Review cross posted at my website PrimmLife Review The Lockheed U 2 occupies a unique spot in both aerospace and military history Operated by the US Air Force but property of the Central Intelligence Agency, the U 2 wrested technology from the military to put it into the hands of the fledgling intelligence community The CIA wouldn t be the lovable spy palace it is today if not for the Lockheed U 2 It s development challenged the aerospace engineering world to produce a high flying, surveillance craft so that the US could spy on the Soviet Union In order to achieve its mission requirements, it deviated from common military design practices Quickly the U 2 made a name for itself gathering intelligence and in its high profile crash into the Soviet Union While the development and operation provide noteworthy stories, it s the people that drove this project who make th...


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    GREAT READ A bit over zealous in detail at times, but otherwise EXCELLENT Full Review to come .


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    3.5 stars rounded up Thanks go to Net Galley and Doubleday for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this honest review.The story begins with a US spy plane being shot down over Soviet Russian airspace in 1960 This is embarrassing Eisenhower s people decide to make something up after all, nobody survives an airplane crash over dry land Moreover, the pilot was provided with a cyanide capsule James Bond style so even if he survived, he must be dead likewise, the plane was likely blown to bits, with not much left for the Soviet investigators to learn Let s say it was a weather plane It wandered off course, and those mean Soviets shot it down But oh dear, this is even embarrassing the pilot lived, and he didn t feel like taking the poison pill Would you So the Russians know what he was flying, and they know who he is They re telling the world.Just reading the teaser for this book, I was hooked But just as a brilliant writer can take dross and make a good tale of it, so can an indifferent one take compelling information and make it into a snooze For me, this was not an entertaining read I had agreed to write about it, so I had to read it, and it felt like work I want to be fair here there are people that will read this book and like it There s a lot of technical information about the spy plane, and about many other spy planes, some of which were never built Apart from the truly bizarre one that was supposed to be landed on its belly no land...


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    This is a recent, page turning account of the Francis Gary Powers U 2 affair of the early sixties set within the context of a history of the cold war until the seventies It also includes a review of the early history of the CIA and the biographies of Powers and his wife as well as of the creators of the spy plane, Edwin Land of Polaroid and Kelly Johnson of Lockheed.Way back in grade school, while up at grandmother s Michigan cottage, I read another, early account of the downing of Powers U 2 over the Soviet Union, ...


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    Full disclosure first Mine is an advanced copy of the paperback A Brotherhood of Spies The U 2 and the CIA s Secret War It was a prize given to me through a GoodReads give away Under the rules and as was explained I was not obligated to read or review the book It was suggested that an honest review of the book would be considered the polite thing to do.Because this is a pre release copy Every page number in the Table of Contents is page 123, it has no index, every foot note is numbered 000 and there are no pictures Given the centrality of pictures in this history and the singular role of Polaroid s founder Edward Land, at least to honor him, the absence of pictures is something the final copy had better correct.Bottom line first While well written and thought provoking I doubt that there is much new in Monte Reel s A Brotherhood of Spies The U 2 and the CIA s Secret War It is likely best for the reader who needs a single book that provides this level of detail For any number of specialists, historians, aircraft enthusiasts, even psychology students it is at best an intro.Many of us have read somethings about the U2...


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    An interesting, well written history of the U 2 s development, its overflights, the Gary Powers incident, and its aftermath.The book doesn t have any new information, but Reel provides a great introduction to the project and makes it very readable He also does a good job tying other threads into the story, such as McCarthyism, the ethics of espionage, and the issue of classic HUMINT versus the new technology The people he mainly focuses on are Bissell, Land, Johnson and Powers.There is little background on early American reconnaissance systems, and perhaps too much attention is given to the Powers flight versus the wider story of the program The description of the U 2 s technology can sometimes feel like a chore Also, sometimes Reel will walk you through events that the reader may or may not be familiar with if you are familiar with them, the level of detail can be annoying like the Cuban Missile Crisis And despite the title, Reel doesn t really develop any real connections or camaraderie among the people behind the design Also, we don t really get a good glimpse into the revolutionary innovations being made at Skunk Works He also seems to get into the morality of int...


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    A terrific, informative, enjoyable read.While I ve always enjoyed reading about history, much of my reading has been focused on Constitutional era United States history As such, I ve read very little on 20th century U.S history, so while I was aware of the general topics of this book the U 2 spy plane development, Francis Gary Powers being shot down in the Soviety Union while flying, the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis I didn t have the detail that this book provided Reel focuses and structures the book by primarily detailing the role of four primary individuals in the development and usage of the U 2 plane Richard Bissell who worked with the CIA Edwin Land founder of Polaroid who pushes for synergizing efforts between the government and science technology Kelly Johnson the primary engineer with Lockheed responsible for designing the plan and Frank Powers the pilot of the plane.Through these four individuals, Reel relays the story of the decision making to begin using technology for spying on other nations, the development of the technology, and the debates over its usage by these individuals and the various decisions makers in the Eisenhower and then Kennedy administrations In addition, as the CIA was still a fledgling agency at the time these efforts were beginning, Reel shares anecdotes of...


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    I was initially puzzled by the polarized early ratings on this book five 5s and five 1s After looking at some web sites devoted to history of aerial reconnaissance, I found that the U 2 story is one of controversy and strong opinions My take on the book is that it is an even handed history of the U 2 program, including the controversies associated with it and the CIA I found it very interesting, although I am not entirely unbiased My father s cousin Jack Gibbs was an Air Force jet pilot and aeronautical engineer whom I idolized as a kid Not long ago I learned that from 1956 to 1958 he served as senior Military Advisor overseeing the U 2 operations, pilot training, research , and development upgrades whil...


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A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War A Thrilling Dramatic Narrative Of The Top Secret Cold War Era Spy Plane Operation That Transformed The CIA And Brought The U.S And The Soviet Union To The Brink Of DisasterOn 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.