What is this SOFREP Book Club, you ask?
Well, It’s a book club that’s a tier above!
We partnered with one of the largest publishers in New York to curate a SOFREP ebook library with over 1000 titles and unlimited access as a SOFREP Book Club Member.
I guarantee you’re going to love it.
Today’s Featured Offering
Are you an aviation buff? Me too. Throw in some CIA intrigue and you have the best of all possible worlds.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find in The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance, by Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach
The CIA’s 2013 release of its book The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance 1954–1974 is a fascinating and important historical document. It contains a significant amount of newly declassified material with respect to the U-2 and Oxcart programs, including names of pilots; codenames and cryptonyms; locations, funding, and cover arrangements; electronic countermeasures equipment; cooperation with foreign governments; and overflights of the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and other countries.
Originally published with a Secret/No Foreign Dissemination classification, this detailed study describes not only the program’s technological and bureaucratic aspects but also its political and international context, including the difficult choices faced by President Eisenhower in authorizing overflights of the Soviet Union and the controversy surrounding the shoot down there of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in 1960. The authors discuss the origins of the U-2, its top-secret testing, its specially designed high-altitude cameras and complex life-support systems, and even the possible use of poison capsules by its pilots if captured. They call attention to the crucial importance of the U-2 in the gathering of strategic and tactical intelligence, as well as the controversies that the program unleashed.
Finally, they discuss the CIA’s development of a successor to the U-2, the Oxcart, which became the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.
For the first time, the more complete 2013 release of this historical text is available in a professionally typeset format, supplemented with higher quality photographs that will bring alive these incredible aircraft and the story of their development and use by the CIA. This edition also includes a new preface by author Gregory W. Pedlow and a foreword by Chris Pocock.
One of More Than a Thousand Titles
Pedlow and Welzenbach’s thorough study of the fascinating history of aerial reconnaissance is just one of more than a thousand titles you’ll have access to when you join the SOFREP Book Club. Our collection has numerous offerings in the categories of military, sports and recreation, history, nature, pets, fiction, technology and engineering, and many, many more.
How it works
Former Navy SEAL and bestselling author Brandon Webb and his team hand-pick their favorites and send them to you monthly.
With club membership, you can access a digital library with thousands of titles in the military, outdoors, hunting, and fishing genres.
- Founding members receive lifetime status at 70% off the club’s regular price.
- Invites to exclusive members-only events
- Get sneak peeks and early reads on Brandon Webb’s incoming bestsellers
- Receive monthly recommendations from SOFREP’s premiere editors
As Brandon reminds us, “Books are knowledge disguised as entertainment.”
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