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Faces, Incidents, and Casualties of the Cold War
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591149682
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Subject: Cold War
  • Date Available: April 2010
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Reminding readers that the Cold War was actually a time of hot wars, spying, murders, defections, shoot downs of reconnaissance aircraft, and a space race, the authors uncover some unknown or long-forgotten incidents of the period. Among them, the murder of a U.S. naval attache on the Orient Express, an East German soldier's leap to the West in Berlin, two CIA officers' twenty years in a Chinese prison, Cpt. Bert Mizusawa's rescue under fire of a Soviet defector in the Korean DMZ, a North Korean pilot's defection in a MiG fighter, the USS Forrestal fire, and the Soviets putting the first man in space.

James E. Wise Jr., a former naval aviator, intelligence officer, and Vietnam veteran, is the author of many books, including Stars in Blue and U-505. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

Scott Baron, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is the coauthor, with Wise, of The Silver Star, The Navy Cross, and Women at War.

Praise for Dangerous Games

“…Dangerous Games provides nuance and human context to a period that is seen as stable, predictable, and monolithic. The book is a reminder that the Cold War was fraught with tension and peril and remains worthy of continued study and reflection. It is a quick read and highly recommended as a companion piece to the standard literature for students of the Cold War.”

Military Review, January-February 2012

“A well-selected menu of intriguing sagas, this is a book that provides a full night of exceptional reading by two masters of the written-word.”

Sea Classics, September 2011


James E. Wise, Jr., Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.) became a naval aviator after graduation from Northwestern University in 1953. He served as ship's Intelligence Officer onboard the aircraft carrier USS America (CVA-66) during the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors--and later in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He subsequently commanded various naval intelligence units. Since retirement from the Navy, Captain Wise has held several senior executive posts in private sector companies. Known for his strong ties to actors in Hollywood, Mr. Wise has written and co-authored more than a dozen books, many of them featuring stories of movie actors who served in the armed forces. They include the Naval Institute Press titles Stars in Blue, Stars in the Corps, and International Stars at War.

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