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Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington (edició 2022)

de James Kirchick (Autor)

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The New York Times Bestseller "Not since Robert Caro's Years of Lyndon Johnson have I been so riveted by a work of history. Secret City is not gay history. It is American history." --George Stephanopoulos Washington, D.C., has always been a city of secrets. Few have been more dramatic than the ones revealed in James Kirchick's Secret City. For decades, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington. The mere suggestion that a person might be gay destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. At the height of the Cold War, fear of homosexuality became intertwined with the growing threat of international communism, leading to a purge of gay men and lesbians from the federal government. In the fevered atmosphere of political Washington, the secret "too loathsome to mention" held enormous, terrifying power. Utilizing thousands of pages of declassified documents, interviews with over one hundred people, and material unearthed from presidential libraries and archives around the country, Secret City is a chronicle of American politics like no other. Beginning with the tragic story of Sumner Welles, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's brilliant diplomatic advisor and the man at the center of "the greatest national scandal since the existence of the United States," James Kirchick illuminates how homosexuality shaped each successive presidential administration through the end of the twentieth century. Cultural and political anxiety over gay people sparked a decades-long witch hunt, impacting everything from the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI to the ascent of Joseph McCarthy, the struggle for Black civil rights, and the rise of the conservative movement. Among other revelations, Kirchick tells of the World War II-era gay spymaster who pioneered seduction as a tool of American espionage, the devoted aide whom Lyndon Johnson treated as a son yet abandoned once his homosexuality was discovered, and how allegations of a "homosexual ring" controlling Ronald Reagan nearly derailed his 1980 election victory. Magisterial in scope and intimate in detail, Secret City will forever transform our understanding of American history.… (més)
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Títol:Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington
Autors:James Kirchick (Autor)
Informació:Henry Holt and Co. (2022), 826 pages
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Secret City by James Kirchick is a very well researched work that brings to light the many contributions to our country that GLBTQ+ people have made, all while having to hide or defend who they were.

As extensive as this work is, and it covers a lot of ground, we should be aware that there are many more people who also toiled from the closet and will likely never be known, not to mention all those who gave up on public service since they weren't supposed to be included as full citizens.

Having said that, this work goes a long way toward recovering not simply a chapter of US history but a consistent thread that runs throughout all of the chapters.

This book comes very close to being unwieldy, yet I'm not sure, as it is, it should have been broken into two volumes. What I would love to see is a future revision which is broken into two or three volumes and goes into a little more depth on some of the individual stories. I don't want that comment to be misunderstood, I was impressed by just how much depth is included. Considering the time frame, FDR through Clinton, there is a lot of detail and depth. There is no doubt more information Kirchick uncovered that didn't make the cut here. That along with perhaps a few new discoveries would make for an even more detailed history but in several volumes.

As a work in the recovery of a marginalized portion of the governmental workforce this book is great. What I think is just as important is the message that young GLBTQ+ readers can takeaway, namely that they are valuable and they can choose public service if they so desire.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Mar 21, 2022 |
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The New York Times Bestseller "Not since Robert Caro's Years of Lyndon Johnson have I been so riveted by a work of history. Secret City is not gay history. It is American history." --George Stephanopoulos Washington, D.C., has always been a city of secrets. Few have been more dramatic than the ones revealed in James Kirchick's Secret City. For decades, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington. The mere suggestion that a person might be gay destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. At the height of the Cold War, fear of homosexuality became intertwined with the growing threat of international communism, leading to a purge of gay men and lesbians from the federal government. In the fevered atmosphere of political Washington, the secret "too loathsome to mention" held enormous, terrifying power. Utilizing thousands of pages of declassified documents, interviews with over one hundred people, and material unearthed from presidential libraries and archives around the country, Secret City is a chronicle of American politics like no other. Beginning with the tragic story of Sumner Welles, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's brilliant diplomatic advisor and the man at the center of "the greatest national scandal since the existence of the United States," James Kirchick illuminates how homosexuality shaped each successive presidential administration through the end of the twentieth century. Cultural and political anxiety over gay people sparked a decades-long witch hunt, impacting everything from the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI to the ascent of Joseph McCarthy, the struggle for Black civil rights, and the rise of the conservative movement. Among other revelations, Kirchick tells of the World War II-era gay spymaster who pioneered seduction as a tool of American espionage, the devoted aide whom Lyndon Johnson treated as a son yet abandoned once his homosexuality was discovered, and how allegations of a "homosexual ring" controlling Ronald Reagan nearly derailed his 1980 election victory. Magisterial in scope and intimate in detail, Secret City will forever transform our understanding of American history.

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