AUTHORTakeda, Peter
TITLEAn Eye at the Top of the World: The Terrifying Legacy of the Cold War's Most Daring CIA Operation
PUBLISHERThunder's Mouth Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2006
ISBN1-56025-845-4


In this book the author intertwines a narrative of a 1960s CIA mission in the Himalayan Mountains with his own personal journey to retrace its path 40 years later. The covert operation covered in the book was to place an atomic-powered sensor at the top of a Himalayan peak in order to spy on Chinese nuclear developments. After describing the author's experiences, the book presents the dangerous truth that problems encountered by the CIA team caused the loss of significant amounts of radioactive material near the source of the Ganges, India's biggest river. The author draws from interviews of surviving participants of the endeavor – civilians recruited by the CIA for renowned climbing abilities. Also included are photographs taken by the author on his expedition.


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