The Cold War was only cold in that the major powers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, did not engage in a nuclear war. But during that period (1945-1991) there were wars, spying, shoot downs of numerous reconnaissance aircraft, captures of U.S. military personnel, murders, defections, a space race with men put in orbit and an eventual moon landing. Dangerous Games: Faces, Incidents and Casualties of the Cold War is a return to that era. This book contains many unknown and long-since forgotten stories of that period. Some of the Cold War incidents covered include: - The Marines in China; - The first Cold War downing of an American Aircraft in the Baltic Sea; - Death on the Orient Express (murder of a U.S. Naval Attache Officer); - Actor James Garner's Front Line Army Experience South of the Yalu River during the Korean War; - Soviet Spy Betty Bentley Who Triggered an Earthquake in American Politics; - No Kum-Sok, the North Korean pilot who Defected to South Korea Delivering the First MIG Fighter to the West; - CIA Officers Downey & Feacteau Who Spent 20 Years in a Chinese Prison; - East German Soldier Hans Conrad Schumann and His Iconic leap to the West in Berlin; - The Mysterious Death of British Frogman "Buster" Crabb; - Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space; - Commander Lloyd Bucher and the Second Korean Conflict; - The USS Forrestal Fire. With the resurgence of Russia, and its aggressive handling of the Georgian situation, Eastern European countries have become increasingly alarmed that Russia is attempting to recreate a sphere of influence over satellite states of the former Soviet Union. To add to the mounting tension with the West, Russia in its attempt to become a world power once again, has already begun to show its flag in the Western Hemisphere. Considering that we may be facing a second Cold War, this book is a timely reminder of some notable incidents from the intense political period following the end of the Second World War.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press