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It's 1956, and the cold war is hot. Hungary has just fallen, and Blackford Oakes is back from Budapest, puzzling over a betrayal and mourning a tragedy he couldn't prevent.

But in Washington, all attention is focused on the race to put the first satellite in space. Ironically, Russia and America each have the secrets the other needs to succeed. The solution: kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put the U.S. in the lead.

Blackford Oakes is in charge, unaware that KGB spymaster Bolgin and a trio of vengeful Hungarian freedom fighters are hot on his trail. Oakes' life and America's future are on the line in this fast-paced thriller that offers Buckley at his best.

©1980 William F. Buckley, Jr. (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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" Who's on First is a rollicking good read, easy to pick up, hard to put down!" ( Midwest Book Review)
"Anyone who can make conferences between Dulles and Acheson sound like vaudeville routines deserves the audience he is bound to get." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Michael
  • 2020-12-13

“I don’t know” is on third!

WFB Jr. brilliance on full display. Blackford out smarts them all again. Great suspense and fun.

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  • 2020-11-02

Technical problems with the audio file

It was a good book but the recording it’s all screwed up. My audible app shows only 19 chapters and it finishes with chapters in the high 20s. It jumped all over and I’m pretty sure I missed multiple chapters and what was downloaded. Disappointing