Dangerous Games: Faces, Incidents, and Casualties of the Cold War

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The Cold War was only cold in that the major powers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, did not engage in a nuclear war. But during that period (1945-1991) there were wars, spying, shoot downs of numerous reconnaissance aircraft, captures of U.S. military personnel, murders, defections, a space race with men put in orbit and an eventual moon landing.

Dangerous Games: Faces, Incidents and Casualties of the Cold War is a return to that era. This book contains many unknown and ...

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Overview


The Cold War was only cold in that the major powers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, did not engage in a nuclear war. But during that period (1945-1991) there were wars, spying, shoot downs of numerous reconnaissance aircraft, captures of U.S. military personnel, murders, defections, a space race with men put in orbit and an eventual moon landing.

Dangerous Games: Faces, Incidents and Casualties of the Cold War is a return to that era. This book contains many unknown and long-since forgotten stories of that period. Some of the Cold War incidents covered include:
- The Marines in China;
- The first Cold War downing of an American Aircraft in the Baltic Sea;
- Death on the Orient Express (murder of a U.S. Naval Attache Officer);
- Actor James Garner's Front Line Army Experience South of the Yalu River during the Korean War;
- Soviet Spy Betty Bentley Who Triggered an Earthquake in American Politics;
- No Kum-Sok, the North Korean pilot who Defected to South Korea Delivering the First MIG Fighter to the West;
- CIA Officers Downey & Feacteau Who Spent 20 Years in a Chinese Prison;
- East German Soldier Hans Conrad Schumann and His Iconic leap to the West in Berlin;
- The Mysterious Death of British Frogman "Buster" Crabb;
- Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space;
- Commander Lloyd Bucher and the Second Korean Conflict;
- The USS Forrestal Fire.

With the resurgence of Russia, and its aggressive handling of the Georgian situation, Eastern European countries have become increasingly alarmed that Russia is attempting to recreate a sphere of influence over satellite states of the former Soviet Union.
To add to the mounting tension with the West, Russia in its attempt to become a world power once again, has already begun to show its flag in the Western Hemisphere.
Considering that we may be facing a second Cold War, this book is a timely reminder of some notable incidents from the intense political period following the end of the Second World War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591149682
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,460,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


James E. Wise Jr., a former naval aviator, intelligence officer, and Vietnam veteran, retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain. His books include The Silver Star, The Navy Cross, Stars in Blue and U-505, among many others. He lives in Alexandria, VA. metropolitan area.

Scott Baron, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and former law enforcement officer in California, is the author of They Also Served: Military Biographies of Uncommon Americans and coauthor, with Wise, of The Silver Star, The Navy Cross and Women at War.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1 First Blood: The USMC in China, 1945-49 1

Chapter 2 Elizabeth Bentley: Red Spy Queen, 1945 13

Chapter 3 Lt. Gail Halvorsen and the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49 26

Chapter 4 The First Cold War Shootdown, 1950 41

Chapter 5 Actor James Garner in the Korean War, 1950 46

Chapter 6 Capt. Eugene S. Karpe, USN: Death on the Orient Express, 1950 50

Chapter 7 CIA Officers John T. Downey and Richard G. Fecteau: Prisoners in China for Two Decades, 1952-73 54

Chapter 8 No Kum-Sok: Operation Moolah, 1953 66

Chapter 9 Mysterious Disappearance of Cdr. Lionel Crabb, RNVR, 1956 78

Chapter 10 Hans Conrad Schumann: Leap to Freedom into West Berlin, 1961 85

Chapter 11 Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space, 1961 89

Chapter 12 Maj. Rudolph Anderson Jr.: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 105

Chapter 13 The Palomares Incident, 1966 119

Chapter 14 Carl Brashear: An Extraordinary Sailor, 1966 123

Chapter 15 Commander Bucher and the Second Korean Conflict 1966-69 127

Chapter 16 The USS, Forrestal/Fire, 1967 144

Chapter 17 The Panmunjon Ax Murders and Operation Paul Bunyan, 1976 156

Chapter 18 Capt. Bert K. Mizusawa, USA: The Firefight at Panmunjon, 1984 163

Chapter 19 SSgt. Gregory Fronius and the El Salvador Insurgency, 1987 175

Appendix I Aircraft Downed During the Cold War 181

Appendix II U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Incidents and Casualties During the Cold War 204

Notes 209

References 223

Index 231

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