behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington is a rich and colorful portrait
of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who
waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.
In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets
were home to an unlikely group of cold warriors: a coterie of affluent,
well-educated, and well-connected civilians who helped steer American strategy
from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Vietnam, and the endgame of
Watergate. This Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers
of the Washington Post; Joe
and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country’s premier
political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of
CIA covert operations; and a host of diplomats, spies, and scholars. It was a
time when presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and
professors—often over martinis and hors d’oeuvres—and columnists like the
Alsops promoted those policies in the next day’s newspapers.
illuminates the drama of these years and brings this remarkable roster of men
and women and their world not only out into the open but vividly to life. Download and start listening now!