Conversations With A Masked Man: My Father, The CIA and Me by John Hadden
Tuesday, October 25
“Across the gap of generations and the moral abyss of the Cold War, John Hadden shows how the wounds of the past refuse to heal, and how acknowledging that truth can open into hard won wisdom– and even love.” - James Carroll, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
For forty years John Hadden and his father fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the Vermont woods and directed Shakespeare - and finally confronted his father at the table one last time with a tape recorder.
Father and son talk about John senior’s early life as a kid in Manhattan, his training at West Point, the stench of bodies in Dresden after the war, Germany and Austria at the height of the Cold War, the follies of the Cuban missile crisis, how he disobeyed orders to bomb Cairo while he was station chief in Israel during the Six-Day War, and treacherous office politics in Washington. The real story lies underneath, in what happens between the two men. The story unfolds in dialogue alternating with the writer’s own memories and reflections.
While most authors read from their works, Mr. Hadden, a founding member of Shakespeare & Co, will give us a 50-minute performance of his solo show based on the book, which he is currently touring.
No RSVP required. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.