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Francis Gary Powers Prison Journal with Russian Writing

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Lot 0007 Details

Description
Francis Gary Powers' original prison journal with writing.

This particular Russian issued notebook, measuring 8 x 6.5'', contains two pages of handwritten English words with their definitions in Russian, single spaced. On the cover of the soft bound notebook, Powers wrote, "English Words + Definitions." His notes, handwritten in pencil, are intact.

Powers began learning Russian during his time in prison. This became a great source of controversy back on US shores where he was labeled a defector and traitor. The hatred and fear the American public felt towards the Soviets were wrongly projected onto Francis Gary Powers. At a time when the world was on the brink of chaos, and any connection to Russia was suspect, learning the enemy language was problematic. Years later the CIA published a report on Francis Gary Powers's conduct, saying he acted honorably throughout his service - and entirely in accordance with the instructions given to him.

Francis Gary Powers was a distinguished pilot for the CIA's U-2 program during the height of the Cold War. Powers was arrested after his spy plane was shot down while flying a high-risk reconnaissance mission over Soviet airspace. To learn more about Powers' astounding story of survival, please visit www.guernseys.com

These items provided directly by Mr. Powers' son, expert public speaker on the U-2 Incident and Cold War History, Francis Gary Powers Jr.
Condition
Good condition.
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Francis Gary Powers Prison Journal with Russian Writing

Estimate $3,000 - $4,000Oct 07, 2017
Starting Price $750
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