Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission

Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission


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From the authors of the bestselling The Finest Hours comes the riveting, deeply human story of President John F. Kennedy and two U-2 pilots, Rudy Anderson and Chuck Maultsby, who risked their lives to save America during the Cuban Missile Crisis

During the ominous two weeks of the Cold War's terrifying peak, two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy and the U-2 aerial spy program.

On October 27, 1962, Kennedy, strained from back pain, sleeplessness, and days of impossible tension, was briefed about a missing spy plane. Its pilot, Chuck Maultsby, was on a surveillance mission over the North Pole, but had become disoriented and steered his plane into Soviet airspace. If detected, its presence there could be considered an act of war.

As the president and his advisers wrestled with this information, more bad news came: another U-2 had gone missing, this one belonging to Rudy Anderson. His mission: to photograph missile sites over Cuba. For the president, any wrong move could turn the Cold War nuclear.

Above and Beyond is the intimate, gripping account of the lives of these three war heroes, brought together on a day that changed history.

Selected as a "Top 10 Nonfiction Books to Read" (2018) by the MA Book Awards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610398046
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 486,629
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Casey Sherman is an acclaimed journalist and author of ten books, including The Finest Hours, a New York Times bestseller that became a major motion picture, and CBS Films' Patriots Day.

A graduate of Boston University, he is also a contributing writer for Esquire and Boston Magazine, an international correspondent for FOX News, the co-founder of Whydah Productions, and a much sought after national speaker. He lives in Massachusetts.

Michael J. Tougias is the author and coauthor of twenty-nine books, including So Close to Home (Pegasus, 2016), Rescue of the Bounty (Scribner, 2014), A Storm too Soon (Scribner, 2013), The Finest Hours (Scribner, 2010), Fatal Forecast (Scribner, 2007), and Ten Hours Until Dawn (St Martin's Press, 2005). Tougias has written for the New York Times and several other prestigious magazines and newspapers, and has lectured across the country to groups as diverse as Fortune 500 Corporations, Associations and Public Libraries. He lives in Massachusetts and Florida.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Starbursts 1

Chapter 2 Born to Fly 9

Chapter 3 11 Alive 17

Chapter 4 The Pacifist 29

Chapter 5 The Warrior 35

Chapter 6 The Angel 47

Chapter 7 The Dragon Lady 55

Chapter 8 Ready and Eager to Go 61

Chapter 9 From Thunderbird to UFO 69

Chapter 10 Cloak, Dagger, and Danger 75

Chapter 11 Secrets Kevealed 81

Chapter 12 High Crimes 89

Chapter 13 Dawn of a New Era 95

Chapter 14 Castro Must Go 101

Chapter 15 Vienna Waits for You 105

Chapter 16 Trouble at Home 113

Chapter 17 Soviets Pour into Cuba 117

Chapter 18 A Change in Strategy 125

Chapter 19 "We've Got MRBMs in Cuba" 131

Chapter 20 Grim Decisions 137

Chapter 21 Brass Knob 149

Chapter 22 General Curtis LeMay and the President 159

Chapter 23 SAMs Tracking U-2s 165

Chapter 24 Taking a Stand 173

Chapter 25 Crusaders 179

Chapter 26 Close Encounters 185

Chapter 27 The Quarantine 193

Chapter 28 Until Hell Freezes Over 201

Chapter 29 Pressure Points 209

Chapter 30 Lost! 221

Chapter 31 A Single Mission 227

Chapter 32 MAYDAY! MAYDAY! 233

Chapter 33 "Some Son-of-a-Bitch Never Gets the Word" 239

Chapter 34 Target 33 247

Chapter 35 Kennedy and Khrushchev on the Brink 253

Chapter 36 Two Secret Meetings 265

Chapter 37 Blast Them Now! 273

Chapter 38 Invasion Imminent 279

Chapter 39 The Day of the Doves 283

Epilogue 291

Authors' Note 295

Notes 297

Bibliography 311

Index 317

Photo insert between pages 184 and 185

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