Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage

Secret Empire Eisenhower the CIA and the Hidden Story of America s Space Espionage In a brief period of explosive top secret innovation during the s a small group of scientists engineers businessmen and government officials rewrote the book on airplane design and led the na

  • Title: Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage
  • Author: Philip Taubman
  • ISBN: 9780684857008
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a brief period of explosive, top secret innovation during the 1950s, a small group of scientists, engineers, businessmen, and government officials rewrote the book on airplane design and led the nation into outer space Led by President Dwight D Eisenhower, they invented the U 2 and SR 71 spy planes and the first reconnaissance satellites that revolutionized spying, prIn a brief period of explosive, top secret innovation during the 1950s, a small group of scientists, engineers, businessmen, and government officials rewrote the book on airplane design and led the nation into outer space Led by President Dwight D Eisenhower, they invented the U 2 and SR 71 spy planes and the first reconnaissance satellites that revolutionized spying, proved that the missile gap was a myth, and protected the United States from Soviet surprise nuclear attack They also made possible the space based mapping, communications, and targeting systems used in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq Veteran New York Times reporter and editor Philip Taubman interviewed dozens of participants and mined thousands of previously classified documents to tell this hidden, far reaching story He reconstructs the crucial meetings, conversations, and decisions that inspired and guided the development of the spy plane and satellite projects during one of the most perilous periods in our history, a time when, as President Eisenhower said, the world seemed to be racing toward catastrophe This is the story of these secret heroes, told in full for the first time.

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    1. Opened my eyes to the importance of technology in intelligence, and the ways that Eisenhower as well as Cambridge influenced it.

    2. This book had some really interesting moments -- usually when talking about the science and testing of the new surveillance systems -- but was bogged down by lengthy, excruciatingly boring passages and brow-beating repetition. The parts about Skunk Works were really interesting, as were parts at the end about the development of a Science & Technology directorate at the CIA. The epilogue--which claims that successes in aerial reconnaissance were responsible for the US short-changing human int [...]

    3. Philip Taubman's well-researched account of how the Eisenhower administration harnessed scientific, engineering, and military talent to innovate aerial and space reconnaissance systems is eminently readable for laymen and quite informative. The book centers primarily on the challenges regarding development and utilization of the U-2 spy plane, as well as the Corona spy satellite; while there is coverage of the SR-71 "Blackbird" and KH-11 spy satellite (among other satellites), those instruments [...]

    4. The best and most complete book on the history of US satellite reconnaissance I have run across over the years. Not overly technical, but just right. History of programs an developers in light of current events at the time is spot on.

    5. Because I really enjoy this topic, I wanted to give it a higher rating, but I just couldn't. Despite the fascinating historical drama with the highest stakes imaginable, the writing kept the book from being all it could be. It was repetitive, as if he wrote the chapters separately at different times and then threw them together without regard to whether or not he had used some of the material earlier. A competent editor could delete 90 pages from this book and no one would notice.That aside, the [...]

    6. This is very much a history book on spying during the Eisenhower administration, which can be very interesting if espionage fascinates you, but if you're not into it I can see it being a bit slow.It gives a lot of detail on spy technology during that time - development of the U2 and the first spy satellites. It also gives an interesting take on the political battles of introducing new technology (and developing it). It also gives a very good prelude to the how the Russians got Sputnik into the a [...]

    7. I'm not sure if the guy who wrote this is a journalist, historian, or propaganda shill for the military industrial complex; some how, this book combines all the worst facets of each profession. I'm not sure how, but the parts of this book that should have been fascinating and exciting come across as boring. The historical characters come off as incredibly two-dimensional (which is astonishing considering these were REAL people). Don't even bother reading this. Even if you are a history buff. Don [...]

    8. Taubman provides a sympathetic but not uncritical portrait of the scientists, engineers, and military and political leaders who made American overhead reconnaissance - the U-2, the SR-71, and the Corona satellites - possible. He covers the technology without getting bogged down in details, and offers a measured call for the US to continue its investment in satellites, but not to the exclusion of other forms of intelligence gathering.

    9. Very interesting and eye opening. Eisenhower was not asleep at the switch. He grew greatly in my eyes after reading this. Read this with "Skunk Works" as a tandem.

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