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The Marshall Plan

It is 5:25 PM Saturday evening. It has been a very cold day here in West Michigan.

I had a quiet time at the library book nook today. At the book nook when not reading the book, "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945" by Tony Judt I wandered the used books store to keep myself awake. I brought home from the book nook one used book to add to our book collection-

"The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan And The Time When America Helped Save Europe" by Greg Behrman

The Marshall Plan

On the way home after volunteering at the book I stopped at a local thrift store to look at their used books. I found one used book to add to our library-

"Mary Chesnut's Civil War" Edited by C. Vann Woodward

Mary Boylin Chesnut

I was home from the library used book store around 1:20 PM. I ate lunch and have been watching college football all afternoon and evening. Existence keeps decaying. No way out. Today we are in the middle of the month. We will soon be in the month of December.

Well I will close to feel tired and cold.

I did order a book today from Amazon titled, "The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington" by Gregg Herken.

Below is a description of Herken's new book.

"A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—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 connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The 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 other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America’s response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan.

This was a smaller, cozier Washington—utterly unlike today’s capital—where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d’oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day’s newspapers. Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs—and tragedies—with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.

Gregg Herken captures their successes and failures and gives us intimate portraits of these dedicated and talented, if deeply flawed, individuals. Throughout, he illuminates the drama of those years, bringing this remarkable roster of men and women and their world not only out into the open but vividly to life."

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