Out of Step with History

Posted on by Tom Fleming

‘I am now of an age when I should, on all actuarial probability, have left this life,’ George Kennan wrote in his diary on 10 June 1983. ‘I must learn to look at [life] as a disembodied spirit.’ Over the course of his 101-year life, the author of the ‘X’ article – which made him the […]

In His Defence

Posted on by Tom Fleming

Born in 1943 in Wichita, Kansas, Robert Gates studied history at William and Mary, Indiana and Georgetown before serving in the CIA for 26 years. Despite being dogged by allegations of involvement in the Iran–Contra affair, Gates became in 1991 the first entry-level employee to be appointed director of the agency. He retired two years […]

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