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Secret city : the hidden history of gay Washington / James Kirchick.

Kirchick, James, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 1627792325
  • ISBN: 9781627792325
  • ISBN: 9781627792325
  • ISBN: 1627792325
  • Physical Description: 448 p. ;
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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" paradoxically 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: The Hidden History of Gay Washington, from FDR through Clinton 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," award-winning journalist and author James Kirchick illuminates how the idea of homosexuality shaped each successive presidential administration, impacting everything from the creation of America's earliest civilian intelligence agency to the rise and fall of McCarthyism, the struggle for African American civil rights, and the conservative movement. Celebrating the men and women who courageously decided that the source of their private shame could instead be galvanized for public pride, Kirchick offers a reinterpretation of American history told from the perspective of the citizens who lived in its shadows. Sweeping in scope and intimate in detail, Secret City will forever transform our understanding of American history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Homophobia > Washington (D.C.) > History > 20th century.
Heterosexism > Washington (D.C.) > History > 20th century.
Gays > Washington (D.C.) > History > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 5 of 9 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 1 current hold with 9 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Brookfield Library 306.766/KIRCHICK (Text) 34029150052644 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
David M. Hunt Library - Falls Village 306.766 Kir (Text) 33180148091599 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Derby Neck Library 306.76 KIR (Text) 34046152827476 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library - Monroe On Order (Text) acq1185586 Acquisitions On order -
Kent Library Association - Kent 306.766 KIR (Text) 33410150972646 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 08/22/2022
Milford Public Library 306.766 K (Text) 34013150740119 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Oliver Wolcott Library - Litchfield 306.766 KIR (Text) 36123150267753 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 06/24/2022
Ridgefield Library 306.766 KIR (Text) 34010154154784 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 08/19/2022
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury 306.766 KIR (Text) 34005151107447 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

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