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Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington


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“Not since Robert Caro’s Years of Lyndon Johnson have I been so riveted by a piece of historical past. Secret Metropolis is just not homosexual historical past. It’s American historical past.” —George StephanopoulosWashington, D.C., has at all times been a metropolis of secrets and techniques. Few have been extra dramatic than those revealed in James Kirchick’s Secret Metropolis.For many years, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington. The mere suggestion that an individual could be homosexual destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. On the peak of the Chilly Warfare, concern of homosexuality grew to become intertwined with the rising risk of worldwide communism, resulting in a purge of homosexual males and lesbians from the federal authorities. Within the fevered ambiance of political Washington, the key “too loathsome to say” held huge, terrifying energy.Using 1000’s of pages of declassified paperwork, interviews with over 100 folks, and materials unearthed from presidential libraries and archives across the nation, Secret Metropolis is a chronicle of American politics like no different. Starting with the tragic story of Sumner Welles, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s good diplomatic advisor and the person on the heart of “the best nationwide scandal because the existence of the US,” James Kirchick illuminates how homosexuality formed every successive presidential administration by means of the tip of the 20 th century. Cultural and political anxiousness over homosexual folks sparked a decades-long witch hunt, impacting every little thing from the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI to the ascent of Joseph McCarthy, the wrestle for Black civil rights, and the rise of the conservative motion. Amongst different revelations, Kirchick tells of the World Warfare II–period homosexual spymaster who pioneered seduction as a instrument of American espionage, the devoted aide whom Lyndon Johnson handled as a son but deserted as soon as his homosexuality was found, and the way allegations of a “gay ring” controlling Ronald Reagan practically derailed his 1980 election victory.Magisterial in scope and intimate intimately, Secret Metropolis will eternally remodel our understanding of American historical past.A Macmillan Audio manufacturing from Henry Holt and Firm