By John H. Richardson
As his father nears loss of life in his retirement domestic in Mexico, John H. Richardson starts off to solve a existence choked with drama and secrecy. John Sr. was once a Cia "chief of station" on many of the preferred assignments of the chilly warfare, from the again alleys of occupied Vienna to the jungles of the Philippines—and specially Saigon, the place he turned a pivotal participant within the turning element of the Vietnam conflict: the overthrow of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. As John Jr. and his sister got here of age in unique postings the world over, they struggled to deal with themselves to their pushed, far away father, and their clash opens a window at the tumult of the sixties and Vietnam.
during the day-by-day happenings at domestic and his father's activities, reconstructed from declassified files in addition to vast interviews with former spies and executive officers, Richardson unearths the innermost workings of a relations enmeshed within the chilly War—and the deeper battle that turns the area of the fathers into the area of the sons.
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Where he visited all the monuments and even the tombs of George and Martha Washington. I made a particular point of visiting Jefferson’s monument—very beautiful—with a great statue of Jefferson standing. ” No wonder Chisler shoots back a reply fretting about the dangers of idealism. ” 10 T H E WA R B E G I N S One day many years later, I find myself in possession of a box of my father’s most personal keepsakes, mostly pictures and a small cache of Victory Mail. Postcard-sized photostats of letters shot on microfilm on the front and shipped to developing stations back home, the V-mails are frozen pieces of the past.
6 GERMANY Five months later, Mussolini annexes Abyssinia and Franco begins the Spanish Civil War and Jack is back in London, dutifully trudging past miles and miles of Gainsboroughs and Hogarths and depressed because he misses his “German friend”—someone explained in a lost letter, another missing piece of the puzzle. But now a new confusion plagues him. Germany was so clean and friendly, so neat and shining and bourgeois and staid. He liked the food, the beer, the pastry, the people. He especially liked their frank earthiness with regard to sex.
The picture of baby John Chisler in his billfold—he’ll carry it with him when he goes across. In the event he doesn’t return, he wants George to have his books. , where he visited all the monuments and even the tombs of George and Martha Washington. I made a particular point of visiting Jefferson’s monument—very beautiful—with a great statue of Jefferson standing. ” No wonder Chisler shoots back a reply fretting about the dangers of idealism. ” 10 T H E WA R B E G I N S One day many years later, I find myself in possession of a box of my father’s most personal keepsakes, mostly pictures and a small cache of Victory Mail.