By John Bicknell
The 12 months 1844 observed a momentous presidential election, non secular turmoil, westward growth, and various different interwoven occasions that profoundly affected the U.S. as a country. writer and journalist John Bicknell information those compelling occasions during this strange background publication. He explains how the election of James okay. Polk guaranteed the growth that introduced Texas, California, and Oregon into the union. This came about amidst anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence, the assumption within the forthcoming moment coming of Christ, the homicide of Joseph Smith, Charles Goodyear’s patenting of vulcanized rubber, the near-death of President John Tyler in a freak naval explosion, and lots more and plenty extra. All of those components illustrate the competing visions of the yank destiny and the way Polk’s victory cemented the imaginative and prescient of a continental country.
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When a recruiter came to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1948 to find Russian-speakers for the CIA, Lehman had never even heard of the newly formed intelligence agency. The recruiter focused on Lehman’s nearly completed master’s degree in Russian studies from the University of Virginia, for which he had taken every course remotely related to the Soviet Union—including classes in the Russian language. His penchant for precise, clear writing, which would prove to be crucial in the years to come, added to his appeal.
Richard Helms told future CIA director and secretary of defense Bob Gates that Johnson had once compared intelligence officers to a cow he had owned as a kid in Texas. “One day I’d worked hard and gotten a full pail of milk, but I wasn’t paying attention, and old Bessie swung her shit-smeared tail through that bucket of milk. Now, you know, that’s what these intelligence guys do. ” Another future director, William Colby, remembered that when he stepped forward during a meeting in the Cabinet Room to show the new president a photograph of a Vietnamese installation—the kind of hands-on intelligence collection Kennedy would have loved— Johnson failed to engage Colby except to warn him not to spill coffee as he reached over the table.
He told them that Kennedy did not read the report at a fixed time, For the President’s Eyes Only – 35 instead working it into his schedule as the opportunity arose, and he reminded them to treat the document with the greatest care: Because the usefulness of the Checklist might be diminished if the report were too widely circulated, the Director of Central Intelligence should arrange delivery so that the report is read by the two Secretaries only. . The President’s Checklist is a very closely held report in that it contains information of the most sensitive nature gathered from all sources available to the Government and for which very few individuals have the necessary clearances for all the types of information which it contains.