This is the official Prop Wash Gang Bookstore--intended to assist PWG members and others who visit our Silent Warriors website in ordering books online. Our bookstore lists books specifically on airborne reconnaissance, signals intelligence and related topics. If you know of a book in these categories that may be of interest to PWG members, please provide relevant details to Jon Gwinn ( so he can add the title to our bookstore listing.



Body of Secrets, author James Bamford, published by Doubleday, ISBN 0385499078 . By the best-selling author of "The Puzzle Palace," this is a no-holds barred examination of the National Security Agency--packed with startling secrets about its past, newsbreaking revelations about its present-day activities, and chilling predictions about its furure powers and reach.
The Puzzle Palace : A Report on America's Most Secret Agency by James Bamford
Blind Man's Bluff, authors Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew. No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Only presidents and a select few have known the truth about the submarines that have for decades silently roamed the depths in a dangerous battle for information and advantage. Even the families of the men on board had no idea what their husbands, sons and brothers were doing, and anyone who went looking for the truth behind these mysterious missions found only a veil of silence. (excerpted from inside front cover).
Spy Flights of the Cold War, author Paul Lashmar, published by Naval Institute Press in 1996, ISBN 1557508372. Here for the first time is the full story of the Cold War's secret but very real war in which hundreds of combatants lost their lives. Long before Gary Powers' U-2 spyplane ws shot down over the USSR in 1960, an undeclared war was being fought in the stratosphere. This was the aerial espionage war between the West and the Soviet Union. (excerpted from inside front cover).
Code to Victory, author Arnold C. Franco. An interesting, 238-page softcover accounting of the beginning of U.S. communications intelligence support to air force operations. The author details how the 3rd Radio Squadron Mobile was activated in England during WW II and how after D-Day, it moved to and supported Army Air Corps operations in France and Germany during the final months of WW II. The nucleus of this operation later evolved into the 2nd RSM that the Air Force Security Service inherited from the Army Security Agency in 1948. (brief review by Larry Tart).
Ally to Adversary : An Eyewitness Account of Iraq's Fall from Grace by Rick Francona. An excellent account of the Gulf War from an insider who was there and who had an extensive prior background in Middle Eastern affairs.
Now, for the first time ever, Ed Pope tells the real story of what led to his becoming the first American since Gary Powers to be convicted of espionage in Russia. Combining a gripping account of his arrest, trial and 253-day imprisonment with a deeply disturbing look at today's Russia, Pope's harrowing story reads like a Le Carré novel come to life. And with a large dollop of espionage-insider information and secret submarine warfare technology, Ed Pope's harrowing memoir will remind readers of the best of Tom Clancy.
It is October, 1962, a crucial period in history when the Cuban missile crisis is coming to a head. In remote corners of the earth, Air Force reconnaissance missions are flown around the clock monitoring Russian military radio intelligence, all in an effort to ascertain what military material is being sent to Cuba, in what quantities, and from what point of origin. A flight crew of five and ten Russian linguists take off from Frankfurt, Germany, in a C-130 Hercules reconnaissance plane on what begins as a routine surveillance flight. Unforeseen events and miscalculations turn the mission into a nightmare of fear. The disaster in the Baltic Sea is kept silent while Washington and the Kremlin play the game of diplomacy and bluff. However, their final decisions are not without consequences. For those Airmen who don’t know deals are being made, escape and evasion have become a very deadly game.

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