A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War

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 disaster On 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 delive A thrilling dramatic narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA and brough...

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Title:A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War
Author:Monte Reel
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Genres:History
ISBN:A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War Reviews

  • Don
    Jul 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • Erik Graff
    May 06, 2018
    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 ...
  • Donald
    May 25, 2018
    Fantastic, engaging read. Knowing nothing other than the name Powers and that it was a public mis-step in the Cold War this book really brought to life this episode in our country's history. Highly recommended. ...
  • Dan
    May 21, 2018
    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-han...
  • Eric
    Mar 13, 2018
    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! Cross posted at my personal blog Primmlife.com. A Brotherhood of Spies The Lockheed U-2 occupies a unique spot in both aerospace and...
  • Greg
    Sep 18, 2018
    This is an excellent book. It really fleshes out several events in history that are often given superficial coverage, and shows how the Cold War was contested -- not just between the USA and the USSR, but also between the intelligence community, the military, the government, and indust...
  • J.S.
    Apr 11, 2018
    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...
  • JL
    Sep 17, 2018
    Superb account of the U-2 program, Francis Powers and the CIA. Excellent portraits of other major characters: Bissell, Johnson, Land. ...
  • Paul
    May 10, 2018
    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 narrative po...
  • Maynard Handley
    Jul 29, 2018
    A surprisingly good read because of the variety of material it covers. From the title, it's natural to assume that this book will tell you something of the U2 program, and something of the CIA, and it indeed it does. But it's a broad history of the best sort, putting everything in c...
  • Jerome
    Sep 06, 2018
    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...
  • Marianne
    Jul 14, 2018
    Excellent! A no-holds bar account of the U-2 incident and the role the CIA had ... a "for real" spy story!! Recommend for readers who like history, politics and espionage stories. ...
  • Mary Nee
    Jul 03, 2018
    A fascinating and captivating story. A page-turner! Must read!! ...
  • Donna Davis
    Mar 13, 2018
    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 decid...
  • Bob T
    Aug 15, 2018
    Very detailed look not only at the U-2 program, but the early development of the CIA as well. Along the way also deals with the nuclear arms race in the 50s and 60s, presidential politics, and the advance of technology. ...
  • Pamela
    Jul 15, 2018
    GREAT READ!! A bit over-zealous in detail at times, but otherwise EXCELLENT. Full Review to come . . . ...
  • Gary
    Jul 17, 2018
    This is a classic example of the "narrative non-fiction" genre -- just as it says, a true and well-documented story told in the form of a novel. In this case, the story is the development of overhead photography, starting with the U-2 high flying aircraft and leading to satellite photo...
  • Bob Harris
    May 31, 2018
    Having lived through the shoot-down of Francis Powers over the USSR while flying a U-2, watching the news accounts of his trial and of his later return to the US in exchange for a Soviet spy, it was interesting, informative and enlightening to read the back story. Reel goes to great le...
  • Jim Black
    May 21, 2018
    First I won this book in a Goodreads?s contest. I entered the contest for this book because of my 36 years of military service 6 were spent in active use of the U-2 real time electronic intelligence intercept overseas. I found the book enlightening from a Silent Warrior perspective a...
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    May 20, 2018
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  • Ietrio
    May 15, 2018
    Well, a sincere title that reflects very well the contents. CIA has naturally all its activities secret. And they have participated in all wars since day one, when OSS was over. Anyway, this is the book of one of those jaded journalists that have to take the few facts they have and ...
  • Peter L
    Sep 18, 2018
    Brotherhood of spies is complete tell all of the U-2 program From an idea to find out if the Russians really did have more bombers than the USA, the U-2 was invented & put into limited production & on the way to over fly Russia it was shot down. This fascinating tale covers ...
  • Dhiren Panchal
    May 26, 2018
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  • Andres Recalde
    Jul 27, 2018
    Growing up in the sixties, this recount from declassified documents enlighten my understanding of global affairs from that era. Even more, as a Latin American, the concept of "political war" endorsed by CIA explains well many US instigated interventions in the region. How much of it is...
  • Russ Baxley
    Aug 06, 2018
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  • Phrodrick
    Apr 21, 2018
    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 tha...
  • LuAnne Feik
    May 22, 2018
    Readers can approach A BROTHERHOOD OF SPIES from one of two perspectives. Monte Reel's book covers development of the first U-2 plane capable of providing detailed photographs while flying, without being shot down, over enemy territory; the interception of the U-2 by the USSR and the c...
  • Sarah
    Jun 11, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. With that being said, I found this book to be a. very interesting read. It was full of information while still being engaging and not too wordy. ...
  • Jarred Sternbergh
    Aug 09, 2018
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  • Charles
    Sep 03, 2018
    Author Monte Reel does not specifically address the question, but after finishing this book I asked, ?Did the U-2 help prevent, or did it provoke the chance of nuclear war in the 1960s?? The Prevent Argument: Overflights of the Soviet Union exposed the fact that the bomber a...