By Stephen L. Carter
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the middle of an army face-off which could result in nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are at the flow. Planes are within the air. Troops are on the prepared. either leaders are surrounded through advisers clamoring for battle. the single means for the 2 leaders to barter effectively is to open a "back channel"--a surreptitious course of communique hidden from their very own humans. they wish a clandestine emissary not anyone could ever suspect. If the key will get out, her lifestyles should be in danger . . . yet they're cautious to not inform her that.
Stephen L. Carter's gripping new novel, again Channel, is an excellent amalgam of truth and fiction--a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile quandary, within which the destiny of the realm rests abruptly at the shoulders of a tender collage student.
On the island of Curaçao, a vacationing Soviet chess champion whispers kingdom secrets and techniques to an American acquaintance.
In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles via a squall whereas attempting to steer clear of surveillance.
And in Ithaca, long island, Margo Jensen, one of many few black ladies at Cornell, is requested to visit japanese Europe to babysit a madman.
As the clock ticks towards global struggle III, Margo undertakes her harrowing trip. Pursued by way of the hawks on either side, safe via not anything yet her personal ingenuity and braveness, Margo is drawn ever extra deeply into the crossfire--and into her personal family's hidden past.
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Their hand-chosen, incompetent defense counsel still managed to insert some compromising material into the trial record. That record would be the basis for two automatic reviews of the sentences. Furthermore, the Geneva Convention granted the condemned men certain “inconvenient” rights. They were to be given copies of the trial record. Geneva’s Article 42 granted war prisoners the right to complain to their Protecting Power. ” Even then, the War Department’s idea of “details” was very skimpy as well as tardy.
3 This arrangement meant that G-2 doled out ONI’s share of rooms, microphones, recording devices, and transcribers. 4 Inevitably, this time-share arrangement caused conflicts. For example, prisoners were never supposed to see anyone but their interrogators and roommates. They were even fed in their rooms, which were bugged. 5 Cmdr. John Riheldaffer, head of ONI’s Special Activities (interrogation) Branch, had to play peacekeeper and turf protector with his counterpart, Col. Catesby ap C. 8 For example, Articles 8 and 77 obligated the Detaining Power to report a prisoner’s name to the International Red Cross (IRC) “in the shortest period possible” and to allow him free access to the IRC and his Protecting Power (Switzerland, if he were German or Italian, Spain if Japanese).
Such protection involved inspecting POW camps, a task shared by the International Red Cross (IRC). Protecting Powers also provided communication between the Detaining Powers and their enemies and negotiated with both belligerent parties to defend the prisoners’ rights under the convention. The State Department could not deal with these matters without consulting the Pentagon. For convenience, the State Department set up a subbureaucracy, the Special War Problems Division (SWPD), to communicate with the Protecting Powers on the one hand and with the War Department’s Prisoner of War Operations Division on the other.