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Author: Monte Reel Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525531944

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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 deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. And even if pilot Francis Gary Powers had survived, he had been supplied with a poison pin with which to commit suicide.      But against all odds, Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people--and to the Soviet Premier. Infuriated, Nikita Khrushchev slammed the door on a rare opening in Cold War relations.      In A Brotherhood of Spies, award-winning journalist Monte Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War and carved a new mission for the CIA. This secret fraternity, made up of Edwin Land, best known as the inventor of instant photography and the head of Polaroid Corporation; Kelly Johnson, a hard-charging taskmaster from Lockheed; Richard Bissell, the secretive and ambitious spymaster; and ace Air Force flyer Powers, set out to replace yesterday's fallible human spies with tomorrow's undetectable eye in the sky. Their clandestine successes and all-too-public failures make this brilliantly reported account a true-life thriller with the highest stakes and tragic repercussions.

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  • “Reel’s superb behind-the-scenes chronicle…reads like a thriller. The book succeeds in audio because of narrator Paul Michael’s use of varying deliveries—from a staccato newsreel style for the various historical moments to an intense tone with authentic-sounding Russian accents…While the audiobook focuses on Powers, its most memorable character, and Michael’s most defined voice, is Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, without whose efforts the CIA might not exist. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • [A] gripping work of narrative nonfiction…Drawing on interviews, declassified documents, and secondary sources, Reel…provides a wholly satisfying take on a central chapter of the Cold War—a dramatic story of zeal and adventure.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Monte Reel, a critically acclaimed author, was a South America correspondent for the Washington Post from 2004 to 2008 and previously wrote for the paper in Washington and Iraq. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and other magazines. He writes for Bloomberg Businessweek as part of its Projects & Investigations staff.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael, winner of several Earphones Awards, has also won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.