"Spies, Bombs and Beyond: A Walking History of DC's Tenleytown"
Thursday, December 2 at 1:00 pm
Join us for a special Zoom book discussion with Mark Fitzpatrick, author of "Spies, Bombs and Beyond: A Walking History of Washington DC's Tenleytown."
From Indigenous quarries through superpower competition to conspiracy theories like #pizzagate, Washington DC's Tenleytown has offered a microcosm of the nation's history. Mozart's connection with Masonry and a young Lutheran's flight from Latin school setting him on a path to becoming a Revolutionary War hero figure into the neighborhood that gave a home to both Henry Kissinger and Kermit the Frog. Oliver Wendell Holmes and Charles Dickens wrote about the town long before its streets and corridors were thick with spies. Exploring 70 sites, "Spies, Bombs, and Beyond" walks readers through the neighborhood, connecting the local to the global and the past to the present. Mark Fitzpatrick examines how diplomacy works and how espionage (sometimes) fails by exploring nearby embassies and the residences of ambassadors and traitors.