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Behind the Curtain Series: Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Members $10 and Non-members $15

Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission

Casey Sherman

During the ominous two weeks of the Cold War's terrifying peak, two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy and the U-2 aerial spy program.

On October 27, 1962, Kennedy, strained from back pain, sleeplessness, and days of impossible tension, was briefed about a missing spy plane. Its pilot, Chuck Maultsby, was on a surveillance mission over the North Pole, but had become disoriented and steered his plane into Soviet airspace. If detected, its presence there could be considered an act of war.

As the president and his advisers wrestled with this information, more bad news came: another U-2 had gone missing, this one belonging to Rudy Anderson. His mission: to photograph missile sites over Cuba. For the president, any wrong move could turn the Cold War nuclear.

Above and Beyond is the intimate, gripping account of the lives of these war heroes, brought together on a day that changed history.

Casey Sherman is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of seven books: The Finest Hours, Boston Strong, Animal, A Rose for Mary, Bad Blood, Black Irish, and Black Dragon. Both The Finest Hours and Boston Strong have been made into major motion pictures. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence as a member of the CBS Boston news team, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. A featured guest on major television networks and news programs, Sherman has lectured at the National Press Club and the US Coast Guard Command Center in Washington, DC. He lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

This lecture will focus on our country during the age of the Kennedy presidency and the Cold War, but what was happening in Boston at this time? Boston in the age of John Fitzgerald Kennedy will give you an insight into the city during this tumultuous time.

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