Author: Yarsinske, Amy Waters
Narrator: Gary Telles
Format: Digital Download
Length: 4.5 Hours
Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former intelligence officer and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, breaks the incredible true story of Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher, the first American pilot shot down during the Gulf War, found alive in Iraqi custody eleven years after the US government left him for dead.
On January 16, 1991, Speicher participated in the initial air strike of the Persian Gulf War. Moments after an attack by an Iraqi MIG-25, Speicher's plane vanished over the Baghdad desert. The next day, Secretary of State Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell told the American public that Speicher was the first casualty of the Gulf War. He was listed as KIA/BNR.
Tracking this explosive story for the past eight years, Yarsinske interviewed top government and military officials, diplomats, pilots, informers, and Iraqi defectors to write a stunning true account of the denials and cover-ups that obscured an essential fact: Speicher actually survived.
Amy Waters Yarsinske is the author of two dozen books and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for her six-part series in The Virginian-Pilot on Scott Speicher titled, "Dead or Alive?" written with Lon Wagner. A former intelligence officer in the navel reserves, she lives with her husband-a reserve naval aviator and Desert Storm veteran-in Norfolk, Virginia.
Gary Telles has been narrating audiobooks for the past ten years. A veteran stage actor, he has performed classical, contemporary and original theatre across the country, in addition to appearing on television, radio and CD-ROM.
"Aselford's competent but definitely low-key reading of the rest of the book, it gives the entire production a feeling of an overheard conversation between knowledgeable friends, adding a depth of believability and confidence that fancier, more melodramatic treatment might have weakened."
"Veteran stage actor Gary Telles narrates in a "Joe Friday" just-the-facts-ma'am style that matches this compelling story."
Sen. John McCain(R-Ariz.), author of Faith of My Fathers
"There is enough to bring this whole situation into question. The United States should 'pursue every avenue' we can find out what happened...that's an American tradition."
Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.)
The fact is, there continue to be reports from what would have some degree of credibility that he's still alive."
The Times (London)
"Speicher's story is at best one of excessive American caution...at worst it is one of lies and cover-up. Either way, it amounts to an extraordinary betrayal of the U.S. military's proud boast that "no man is left behind."
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