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.
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"Michael Scott Speicher's plane went down on January 16, 1991, at the beginning of the war with Iraq. He was presumed dead and declared so by the Navy. Later, doubts emerged, and since then his status has been in question. Terence Aselford sounds like he could be one of Speicher's military colleagues. With an even pace, he communicates the author's conviction that Speicher may still be alive and that the military should have a thorough and transparent investigation in order to live up to the military dictum that no one will be left behind. M.L.C. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"