In This Review

Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair
Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair
By Michael R. Beschloss
Harper & Row, 1986, 494 pp.

This is popular history at its best: accessible and fascinating reading for those who know little about the subject; containing enough new material and insight to command the attention of serious scholars. Beschloss tells the story in concentric rings outward from the personal problems of pilot Francis Gary Powers, to the way foreign policy was conducted in the Eisenhower Administration, to the international context of 1960, and finally to the long-term, mostly unfortunate repercussions of a serious American blunder.