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John A. Fahey

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Commander John A. Fahey, USN (ret.), served as an American Liaison Officer to the Soviet Army in East Germany in the 1960s.  In the 1970's and 1980's he led many Old Dominion University study tours to the Soviet Union, studied in a Moscow State University program, and conducted a site visit to Moscow for an American contractor. A Russian linguist, Professor Fahey enjoyed a special relationship with the Russian people.


Commander John A. Fahey is the author of: Licensed to Spy; Kremlin Kapers; Wasn't I the Lucky One; Berlin Wall Flower; and, Maverick on the School Board.


According to the book description of Kremlin Kapers, “Fahey's provides a firsthand account of his activities and adventures in Russia during the Cold War. In the 1960s Fahey served as an American liaison officer to the Soviet army in East Germany. In the 1970s and 1980s he led many university study tours to the Soviet Union, studied in a Moscow State University program, and conducted a site visit to Moscow for and American contractor. This book, with 37 photographs, highlights some of the fascinating situations Fahey encountered in Russia. During the Cold War American tourism to the Soviet Union languished both because of a poor relationship between the United States and Russian governments and the fear of even a temporarily short stay under a Communist government. Yet, visitors, especially Americans. during this period were welcomed. It was a fun time when foreign visitors could feel safer than alone in their home city streets at night.  Kremlin Kapers relates some fascinating situations encountered behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.”


According to the book description of Licensed to Spy, “John Fahey's firsthand account of his activities as a U.S. naval officer in East Germany during the Cold War is a must-read for everyone who enjoys true-life spy stories. A tale of overt reconnaissance, high-speed car chases, shootings, and detentions, Licensed to Spy chronicles Fahey's two years in the midst of twenty-two divisions of Soviet troops behind the Iron Curtain. As a member of a military liaison mission established in a little-known 1947 agreement between U.S. and Soviet forces, Fahey was legally permitted to perform surveillance in East Germany and took advantage of the opportunity to conduct dangerous intelligence missions.


With this book Fahey takes the reader into the Soviet military psyche during the height of Cold War relations with the United States. A Russian linguist as well as a spy, the author served as an interpreter and delegate in high-level meetings between heads of the Soviet and American armies. His detailed account provides an intimate view of the Russian military officer and his life of intrigue inside a Communist country. Illustrating the tale are twenty-two photographs, published here for the first time.”

Kremlin Kapers
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Maverick on the School Board
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Wasn't I the Lucky One
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Licensed to Spy: With the Top Secret Military Liaison Mission in East Germany
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According to the book description of Wasn't I the Lucky One, “During World War II Navy Airships escorted over 89,000 merchant ships. Not one of these vessels was sunk or damaged by a German U-boat. Airships flew under all weather conditions. THEY WERE DEPENDABLE AND EFFECTIVE in anti-submarine wartime operations. After the war Navy airships flew air-sea rescue, hunter-killer from aircraft carriers, and early warning missions with great success until June 1962 when the Navy's lighter-than-air activities were terminated.”


According to the book description of Maverick on the School Board, “serving on the Virginia Beach City Public School Board, John Fahey confronted a veteran school board and a division with some serious educational challenges: among others, school buses did not meet federal safety standards, social studies textbooks contained numerous mistakes, older elementary school buildings lacked adequate physical education facilities, curriculum was weak in foreign language, science, and math, and student recognition needed improvement. With the persistence of a "maverick" Fahey bucked the opposition and battled to change the status quo throughout his nine-year tenure on the school board.”

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