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Torpedoed: An American Businessman's True Story of Secrets, Betrayal, Imprisonment in Russia, and the Battle to Hardcover – November 14, 2001
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
... "I never did anything wrong", "I was always righteous", those around me are stupid or incompetent, etc.
But on page 41 where he refers to Mel Paisley in almost glowing terms, that was enough for me. This is not an honest book. After a long and successful career at Boeing, Paisley became Asst. Secretary to the Navy where it would seem he became corrupted (Power corrupts, and all that) . Paisley then became a scoundrel of the first order. A crook. Oddly, his story is something like that of Randy Cunningham. A decorated war hero and fighter pilot who later becomes nothing more than a bribe taking villain.
Again, After reading Pope's almost glowing reference to Paisley, I basically lost interest in anything else he had to say.
There are many levels to this story. Ed's successful career as a decorated Naval officer. His story of doing business in post 1989 Russia for over 10 years. The specifics of being in the "wrong place at the wrong time" and ultimately his survival within the Russian judicial system. The humanitarian back drop of his Dad's critical illness at home and his wife's work behind the scenes to rally support are all aspects of Ed's story.
It became apparent after he withstood psychological mistreatment for almost a year that the Russian KGB really didn't know who they were dealing with!
A great Christmas gift. This book should be under every Christmas tree as a gift for the person who:
1. loves a great suspense novel
2. loves Naval technology
3. loves a story of good overcoming evil
Not only good reading for adults, but also a great story for our young adults about the reality of doing business in another country. After reading this book, I'll never take for granted our justice system where a person is "innocent until proven guilty".
thanks Ed Pope for sharing your story!!
Mr. Pope makes the point many times that he knew he was dealing on the edge of legality. Indeed, he blames some of his troubles on his associate, Kiely, for having brought into Russia "papers that I had pleaded with him to leave at home" [p 124]. Well, Pope says he knew he was being watched, he tells us he knew his hotel phone was bugged and he made that plea in a phone call from Moscow to Kiely in the US. So why the surprise??
To illustrate his point that Putin is a bum, he accuses him of making cheap election promises [sound familiar?] to reschedule London and Paris Club debt [p. 85]. But Putin can't do that; Russia is the debtor!
He knows some of his cellmates are government stooges and yet cites their statements to support his understandable anger at the Rusian government.
The Pope story tells us something about Russian bureacracy and its vestigial military industrial complex. Let's hope it does not tell us much about our own bureaucracies.
Sorry, Captain Ed, but having lived in Moscow for almost seven years and having read most of the books dealing with Russia since Gorbachov, I have to recommend putting yours at the bottom of anyone's reading list.
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