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Lincoln GordonArchitect of Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Bruce L.R. Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813156552

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.001.0001

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Going Gently

Going Gently

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(p.396) 19 Going Gently
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Lincoln Gordon
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Bruce L. R. Smith

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.003.0019

Gordon decides he will write his memoirs as his last project. But he has left the task until too late in his life. The early years and his successes in World War II and with the Marshall Plan come back clearly, but when it comes to his failures—Brazil and Hopkins—he has trouble, in part because he does not want to dwell on painful memories and in part because of his code that holds that one should not attack others or justify oneself. His failing health renders his quandary moot in any case and prevents him from completing the task. In his late years he becomes more of a family man, dotes on his grandchildren, and regrets that he did not spend more time with his own children when they were young. His health gradually deteriorates, and he dies at age ninety-six, comforted by a beloved granddaughter.

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