By Gregg Herken
A desirable, behind-the-scenes background of postwar Washington-a wealthy and colourful portrait of the close-knit team of newshounds, spies, and executive officers who waged the chilly struggle over cocktails and dinner.
In the years after global battle II, Georgetown's leafy streets have been domestic to an not going staff of chilly Warriors: a coterie of prosperous, well-educated, and well-connected civilians who helped steer American approach from the Marshall Plan via McCarthyism, Vietnam, and the endgame of Watergate. This Georgetown set integrated Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington submit; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who have been one of the country's most excellent political pundits; Frank Wisner, a pushed, manic-depressive attorney in command of CIA covert operations; and a number of diplomats, spies, and students. It was once a time whilst presidents made overseas coverage in session with journalists and professors-often over martinis and hors d'oeuvres-and columnists just like the Alsops promoted these guidelines within the subsequent day's newspapers. Gregg Herken illuminates the drama of those years and brings this outstanding roster of fellows and ladies and their global not just out into the open, yet vividly to existence.
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The present Pharaoh was uneasy about the independent power of the Hebrews, fearing they could form alliances with his enemies or fight directly against Egypt. “Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens” (Exodus 1:11). But the Israelites still multiplied, even under conditions of slavery. Next, the Pharaoh turned to genocide. He ordered that all male children born to the Israelites be thrown in the Nile. Moses (“drawn from the water”), a child of the tribe of Levites, was three months old when he was set afloat in an ark of bulrushes.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21) God again turned the heart of Pharaoh to anger, “that I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army; and the Egyptians shall know 2 The New Year was later moved to the Fall. See appendix 3 for the holiday calendar. 3 Isaiah, 45:7. 58 exodus that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4 NRSV). The Israelites were camped along the banks of the Red Sea when the Egyptian army came after them.
The Egyptian magicians did the same, but Aaron’s serpent consumed them all. Next, a cruel series of ten plagues of increasing severity came upon the land. The first nine included the waters turning to blood, followed by infestations of frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, then darkness covering the land for three days. At first, the Egyptian magicians duplicated the plagues, leaving Pharaoh unmoved at this contest between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt. But as the plagues increased in severity, the Egyptian magicians were unable to replicate them, telling Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19).
The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken