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Going Gently

Bruce L. R. Smith

in Lincoln Gordon

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780813156552
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780813165455 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.003.0019
Going Gently

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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.

Keywords: Lincoln Gordon

Chapter.  1865 words. 

Subjects: Political History

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