on 7 December 2013
A very good read, most of the way through. The language is fairly simple and the proof reading not brilliant, plenty of misspellings and the occasional omitted word, and never have I seen so many sentences that begin with 'Too', but perhaps that just adds authenticity to the writing. The book starts with a brief history of Power's early life, then goes into much more detail about the U2 aeroplane and it's missions. Continues about his capture, interrogation, trial and imprisonment, then finally his release and return to the USA. The last bit of the book drones on for quite a long while about his suspicions and manipulation by the CIA on his return, and he does get quite paranoid about it. One thing this book highlights is the severe paranoia on both sides of the cold war, and neither the USA or Russia come out particularly well on the behaviour front. If you like real life adventures, this is well worth a try, there was only a brief section towards the end that I didn't find reasonably gripping.
on 12 September 2013
This was a book which once started ,I couldn't put down, I found myself with a mixture of emotions on reading
the unfolding events in Gary Powers life which on reflection seems at times successful as it was tragic.
The U2 story was very controversial in it's day. For me the book broke the old national stereotypes created
by the Cold War days and in the end revealed some positive aspects of the humanity shown from Power's
captors, during his incarceration.