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Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler

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The Cold War, The Lavender Scare and the Untold Story of Eisenhower's First National Security Advisor.

"An extraordinary story. . . a gripping, moving tale." -- Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

"A historical treasure unearthed . . . A must-read for all Cold War scholars, it is a great read for everyone else." -- Marti
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Steerforth Press
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willowdog
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The life of Robert Cutler, a confidant of President Eisenhower, who compartmentalized his gay life for 40 years, is wonderfully told. If one is looking for a gay life during the 1930's through 1960's, one will be disappointed. After an experience in his youth, he seems to have buried these feelings, only to have them awaken in his later life. However, in this very complete biography, one gets the life of a man who is intimately involved in some of the most fascinating issues of these days. The r ...more
Chris Carson
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A terrific read. If you’re interested in IKE’s presidency, the Cold War, or what it was like to live as a gay man in the 50’s closet, this is a terrific story. Well worth the read.
Lianne Burwell
Ike's Mystery Man by Peter Shinkle is a very interesting combination of biography and history. On the whole, it is a biography of Robert Cutler, who was the first National Security Advisor.

He was also a gay man working in the government during the McCarthy era, when not only communists, but 'sexual perverts' were being hunted as security risks. It doesn't appear that he went to great lengths to hide his sexuality, but he was never exposed. In fact, some powerful people seem to have deliberately
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The life of Robert Cutler, a confidant of President Eisenhower, who compartmentalized his gay life for 40 years, is wonderfully told. If one is looking for a gay life during the 1930's through 1960's, one will be disappointed. After an experience in his youth, he seems to have buried these feelings, only to have them awaken in his later life. However, in this very complete biography, one gets the life of a man who is intimately involved in some of the most fascinating issues of these days. The r ...more
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