Unknown to the public, the United States flew missions against the Communist bloc almost continually during the Cold War. The only hint of the clandestine operations came when one of the planes was shot down. This book shows that others were captured by the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and the government looked the other way.
Unknown to the public and cloaked in the utmost secrecy, the United States flew missions against the Communist bloc almost continually during the Cold War in a desperate effort to collect intelligence and find targets for all-out nuclear war. The only hint of the relentless, clandestine operations came when one of the planes was shot down. Many of the air force and navy flyers were killed on top secret missions. But now, for the first time, award winning historian William E Burrows, shows that others were captured by the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and were tortured, imprisoned, and killed, while their loved ones grieved and their government looked the other way. In an effort to improve relations with Russia, Washington is still looking the other way, though it pretends otherwise. Burrows has interviews scores of men who flew these 'black' missions, as well as the widows and children of those who never returned, all of whom want the full story finally told. He has done so with an eye to this story's immensely human dimension. "By Any Means Necessary" is not about aeroplanes but about the people who've sacrificed their lives in the interest of national security.
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William E. Burrows is the author of the award winning Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security. He is a professor of journalism at New York University, and is the founder and director of its Science and Environmental Reporting Program.
By Any Means Necessary by William E. Burrows
William E. Burrows
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