Fulcrum: A Top Gun Pilot's Escape from the Soviet Empire

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9780446516488: Fulcrum: A Top Gun Pilot's Escape from the Soviet Empire

He was a Soviet Top Gun-yet left all of the power and glory behind when he engineered the most audacious act of defection in Cold War history. On May 20, 1989, Soviet Air Force Captain Alexander Zuyev escaped from an air base in Soviet Georgia. Under the threat of Russian air defense missiles, and with other fighters in hot pursuit, Zuyev carried out a real-life flight to freedom even more breathtaking then classic works of fiction like The Hunt for Red October and Fire Fox.

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Groomed from and early age for membership in his nation's fighter pilot elite, Zuyev spent eleven years in the Soviet Air Force, as a star cadet, a pilot handpicked to test the new Mig-29 Fulcrum. Yet gradually Zuyev came to realize that the political system he served was hopelessly corrupt and callously indifferent to the sufferings of the Soviet people.

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"Alex Zuyev was a brave and talented Russian pilot...[and] one of the America's 'Secret Weapons' in the Gulf War." -- Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Eagle pilot, author of Men from Earth

"In the grand tradition of Solzhenitsin and Sakharov..." -- Steven Coonts, author of Under Siege

"Stunning!...I have never encountered a better'insider'book-Fulcrum reads like the very best thrillers, but every word is true." -- Ralf Peters, author of the Red Army

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