In a brief period of explosive, top-secret innovation during the 1950s, a small group of scientists, engineers, businessmen, and government officials rewrote the book on airplane design and led the nation into outer space. Led by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, they invented the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes and the first reconnaissance satellites that revolutionized spying, proved that the missile gap was a myth, and protected the United States from Soviet surprise nuclear attack. They also made possible the space-based mapping, communications, and targeting systems used in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Veteran "New York Times" reporter and editor Philip Taubman interviewed dozens of participants and mined thousands of previously classified documents to tell this hidden, far-reaching story. He reconstructs the crucial meetings, conversations, and decisions that inspired and guided the development of the spy plane and satellite projects during one of the most perilous periods in our history, a time when, as President Eisenhower said, the world seemed to be "racing toward catastrophe."
This is the story of these secret heroes, told in full for the first time.
Seymour Hersh Philip Taubman has written a book of pure pleasure -- a true adventure tale of good men doing good deeds for the good of the country at a time, in the 1950s, when America was united against the Evil Empire. It is also a story of a group of men who sped up the slow processes of science in the name of national security, and forever changed the way the world worked.
|Cast of Characters||p. xvii|
|Reimagining Reconnaissance 1946-1954|
|"Racing Toward Catastrophe,"||p. 3|
|The Origins of Strategic Intelligence||p. 35|
|Stargazing in Santa Monica||p. 57|
|Seeing Air||p. 72|
|"I Think I Have the Plane You Are After,"||p. 84|
|A New Spy Plane Takes Flight 1954-1956|
|The Role of a Lifetime||p. 113|
|"This Thing Is Made Out of Toilet Paper,"||p. 128|
|Photographing the President's Cattle||p. 149|
|Big Game Hunting||p. 169|
|Vaulting Into Space 1956-1976|
|Creating Corona||p. 212|
|"Go Off and Build That Thing,"||p. 241|
|"Capsule Recovered Undamaged,"||p. 298|
|A Stradivarius, Not a Cracker Box||p. 325|
|Epilogue: Losing the Inventive Spark||p. 356|
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Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 24th February 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.596