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The Book of Honor-Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA
by Ted Gup, 2000
ISBN-10: 0385492936

Book Review

Book review by Helen Engelhardt-Hawkins, wife of Pan Am victim Anthony Lacey Hawkins, and creator of Mothers and Sons, 2008 (F/V 4508) and Coming Home to Us: A Trilogy of Love, Loss, & Healing, 2011 (F/V 6204). Both are available in the Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

[Matthew Kevin] Gannon's name was first mentioned in connection with the CIA as early as the spring of 1989, when David Johnston, a Scottish Journalist, published Lockerbie The Real Story. Johnston claimed that Gannon was part of a five man CIA team returning from a top secret assignment in Lebanon. Ted Gup makes no such claim [in The Book of Honor]; the names of the other four men are missing from his index. Matthew Gannon is in his book for an entirely different reason. Gup has not written another book about Pan Am 103, trying to solve its secrets. Has has written an unprecedented tribute to the 36 men and women who died anonymously working for the CIA. He names their names and tells their stories.

"Gannon has been scheduled to fly out (of Beirut) on December, 23 but…he booked his flight on Pan Am 103.Some weeks before…the [U.S.] received what it considered to be credible threats that there would be an attack on a civilian airliner…"

Mr. Gup fails to mention that these "credible threats" were specifically focused on Pan am flights out of Frankfort in December. He also never mentions that in the months following the downing of the Iranian airbus by the Vincennes in July of 1988, that intensity and quantity of intelligence about a terrorist retaliation against American airlines, was extraordinary. He never probes the failure of the CIA not only to protect American citizens but their own agents, from these "credible threats".

"There is no evidence to suggest that the Libyans targeted Pan am 103 because Matthew Gannon…was on board."

This is Ted Gup's conclusion, at any rate.

Gup has done all of us an enormous service in rescuing these brave men and women from enforced obscurity…But he has not uncovered any of the other, more important questions about what the CIA knew and with they did or didn't do with their knowledge. Nor, I believe, has he named all the names of those working for the CIA who went down on Pan Am 103.

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