A Brotherhood of Spies by Monte Reel

A Brotherhood of Spies

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 disasterOn 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. ...

Details A Brotherhood of Spies

TitleA Brotherhood of Spies
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Politics, Military Fiction

Reviews A Brotherhood of Spies

  • J.S.
    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 over the perceived "missile-gap." It was believed that the USSR had developed far more nuclear missiles than the US and that America was at imminent risk. (It must be ...
  • Paul
    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 poses several questions about the modern tactics of war. An enlightening read.Thank you to NetGalley, Doubleday Books, and Monte Reel for a copy for review.Full revie...
  • Eric
    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 military history. Operated by the US Air Force but property of the Central Intelligence Agency, the U-2 wrested technology from the military to put it into the hands of the fledgling...
  • Erik Graff
    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 the creators of the spy plane, Edwin Land of Polaroid and Kelly Johnson of Lockheed.Way back in grade school, while up at grandmother's Michigan cottage, I read ano...
  • Donna Davis
    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 decide to make something up; after all, nobody survives an airplane crash over dry land. Moreover, the pilot was provided with a cyanide capsule—James Bond style—so even...
  • Phrodrick
    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 that an honest review of the book would be considered the polite thing to do.Because this is a pre-release copy: Every page number in the Table of Contents is page 123...
  • Dan
    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-handed history of the U-2 program, including the controversies associated with it and the CIA. I found it very interesting, although I am not entirely unbiased. My fat...
  • LuAnne Feik
    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 capture, trial, captivity, and swap of U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers; the use of U-2 planes during the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba; and the discovery of the...
  • Donald
    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.
  • Jim Black
    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 as it filled in the gaps of what was going on and driving the missions from a higher level than we on the ground were operating at. It gave that “big picture” pe...
  • Bob Harris
    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 lengths to elucidate the characters involved in this tale, along with the details of the development of this plane and its successor, the SR-71. This is an engrossing...
  • Ietrio
    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 twist them into a fairy tale in order to sell. So you get small talk that never existed, aberrant weather details and so on.
  • Sarah
    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.