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