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New York: Reader's Digest Press, 1980. Fifth printing [stated]. Hardcover. , 224 pages. Illustrations. Occasional footnotes. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling and small chips to DJ edges. John Daniel Barron (1930-2005) was an American journalist and investigative writer. He is best remembered as the author of several books dealing with specifics of Soviet espionage via the KGB and other agencies. In 1957, he joined the Washington Star as an investigative reporter. In 1965, Barron joined the Washington bureau of Reader's Digest. There he wrote more than 100 stories on a wide variety of subjects—notably a 1980 story concerning unanswered questions surrounding the drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick in a car driven by Ted Kennedy. MiG Pilot: The Final Escape of Lieutenant Belenko is a 1980 biography by John Barron about the life and 1976 defection of Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 fighter pilot Viktor Belenko to the United States. The MiG-25 was, at the time, Russia's most advanced and most secret fighter plane.