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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
With the breathless action, excitement, and suspense of such memorable thrillers as Firefox, here is the gripping true story of the training, escape, and defection of a Soviet Top Gun MIG-29 pilot--as well as an amazing expose of the top secret world of the contemporary Soviet military. 8-page insert.
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by Warner Books (NY) (first published October 1st 1992)
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Collin
Dec 05, 2008 Collin rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about the Soviet Unioin, I read it because I am into aviation but I recieved a good history and social lesson from it.
Duzzlebrarian
Jul 21, 2008 Duzzlebrarian rated it really liked it
Very interesting biography of a 'top gun' who escaped the Soviet Union by climbing into his MiG and flying to Turkey. Zuyev writes about his childhood and life in Russia, and about his training as a pilot, without making his book too much of either a memoir or a military manual. The book also has its share of top secret revelations and scandals. Although he grows misty-eyed at the MiG 29, he doesn't write much about the actual technical aspects of flying.
Relstuart
Apr 10, 2015 Relstuart rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one as the author talks about growing up in the Soviet Union and becoming a USSR fighter pilot. As he matures, though he loves his country, he begins to hate the communist government for the way they oppress the Russian people. He plans on defecting to the United States with one of the new fighter planes. This is his story.
Eric
Oct 25, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
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I briefly met the author at the Cleveland National Airshow in the early 90's. Defecting from the former Soviet Union was a life-or-death proposition. Zoyev gives an exciting account of how he escapes after becoming dissatisfied with his country.
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Jan 06, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Fascinating! Learned so much about life in the Soviet Union. Also very suspenseful in some parts i.e. when he escapes from Georgia in a MiG-29. Read this.
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