Forty years ago, in 1977, Christopher John Boyce was arrested for passing top-secret U.S. intelligence to the Soviet Union. The events that led to Boyce’s arrest and conviction, including that of his childhood friend and accomplice Andrew Daulton Lee, were chronicled in the book and movie The Falcon and the Snowman.
To mark the milestone anniversary of one of the most high-profile and controversial espionage cases in U.S. history, Glass Spider Publishing has announced the forthcoming hardcover publication of American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman — 40th Anniversary Edition.
“We felt it was important to mark the 40th anniversary of the arrests and convictions to demonstrate how sharply the political climate has changed in the last four decades,” said Vince Font, who co-authored the book with Christopher Boyce and Cait Boyce.
“American Sons was written before the era of Edward Snowden, whose revelations had an earth-shattering impact on the way U.S. citizens view their government,” Font said. “Suddenly, understanding where Christopher Boyce was coming from all those years ago became a lot easier. In light of the actions of Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, I think Christopher Boyce’s story is more relevant today than ever before.”
Originally published in 2013 in e-book and paperback format, the deluxe hardcover edition will include expanded content, additional commentary, and previously unseen photographs that document the imprisonment and eventual release of two of America’s youngest spies. The hardcover will also feature a redesigned book cover.
“It was important to us to deliver the second edition in a package befitting the content,” Font said of the book’s re-issue. “We also wanted to give people who have already read the book something more they could sink their teeth into. This will be the definitive edition of the book.”
American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman — 40th Anniversary Edition is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017. To be notified of the book’s release, sign up for the Codename Falcon newsletter here.