Mayday: Eisenhower, Krushchev and the U-2 Affair

Mayday: Eisenhower, Krushchev and the U-2 Affair

by Michael Beschloss

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Reflecting the growing revisionist inter est in the Eisenhower presidency, MAYDAY is a comprehensive account of the CIA's U-2 program, which be came public knowledge only after the downing of Francis Gary Powers over Soviet airspace in 1960. Though a bit long, MAYDAY is an engaging, often exciting narrative that relies heavily on manuscript sources and interviews with key survivors of the Eisenhower ad ministration. Beschloss presents a bal anced picture and never fails to weigh the public debacle of the Powers inci dent against the virtual intelligence bo nanza produced by the previous four years of U-2 flights. His portraits of both Khrushchev and Eisenhower are excellent, as are briefer sketches of oth er key figures. A solid work certain to spark further interest in the diplomacy of the Cold War. Suitable for most aca demic and larger public libraries. Jo seph W. Constance, Jr., Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta
Alexander Dallin
Michael Beschloss skillfully integrates a lot of material from a lot of sources on a lot of subjects into a very readable and thoroughly documented account, which is part thriller and part political history....The title refers both to the date of the incident and to the code signal for distress. But ''Mayday'' can also stand as a metaphor for the relationship between the superpowers. BOTH SIDES MISCALCULATED. -- New york Times

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