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Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Cold War Spy Mission


During an infamous 13-day stretch in October 1962, Americans faced the prospect of imminent nuclear war with the Soviet Union. We talk with "Above & Beyond" co-author Michael Tougias about the pilots of the U.S. U-2 spy program and how President John F. Kennedy used the intelligence gained from the U-2 spy program to negotiate with the Soviet Union.

This program  was originally broadcast on July 25, 2018.

GUEST:  Michael Tougias, co-author of  "Above & Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission."

He is the author and co-author of 29 books. 

Credit U.S. Department of Defense and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
U.S. aerial reconnaissance photograph of a medium range ballistic missile launch site at San Cristobal in Cuba, on Nov. 1, 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis.

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U-2 pilot Major Rudolph Anderson, shot down during a flight over Cuba on the 12th day of the conflict, October 27, 1962.

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