Bridge of No Return

Bridge of No Return

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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 139.7 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • 015113880X
  • 9780151138807

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Schumacher was the 24-year-old Operations Officer of the Pueblo. According to the prologue by George Wilson, his story "reflects the essential experience of the entire crew. . . taken prisoner by sophisticatedly savage foes in the impersonal, ruthless and ruleless Cold War." Schumacher plunges right into his capture: "'Is this what the other side of the Styx looked like?' I thought [he came from a wellbred St. Louis family to major in religion at Trinity College.] Whack! Another blow on the head. . . . " Presently he allows as how the Pueblo was sent to spy on North Korea: there are flashbacks to orders and unexplained checks of North Korean radar defenses, with Schumacher sticking to the story that the boat remained 15.8 miles from shore. Back to captivity - after kicking from the guards, Schumacher makes one of his many suicide resolutions; writes and rewrites confessions; giggles at a museum of American war atrocities (he remains blessedly oblivious of Korean War history), and is finally released in December 1968. As for the Bucher-Harris court-martial, it was hypocritical given the State Department's avowal of complicity. Schumacher elaborates "uncanny resemblances" between the Pueblo and pilot Powers incidents, arguing that the CIA cast Powers in the role of scapegoat: but the parallel remains unclear. Supplementary reading for consumers of Bucher's and Rascovich's Bucher: My Story (p. 628); Armbrister's A Matter of Accountability (p. 661) remains broader and rather more detached, if far from the last word. (Kirkus Reviews)
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