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Around Aspen: Institute Fellows

MEHEnjoying the Aspen Institute Fellows holiday party are, left to right, Bill and Carolyn Fitzgerald and Jerry Goldstone.

The Aspen Institute Fellows held their annual holiday party during Christmas Week at the Doerr Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows.

During the party Nicholas Thompson signed copies of his new book “The Hawk and The Dove” about Paul Nitze and George Kennan and the history of the Cold War. Nitze, Nicholas’ grandfather and the brother of Elizabeth Paepcke, was also the person who invested the most money in the fledgling Aspen Skiing Company back in the 1940s.

To quote from the flyleaf of the book, “Nitze and Kennan were the two Americans who held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War. They were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning (and surviving) that harrowing conflict. Both men were profoundly affected by World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War’s most frightening moments and fought epic political battles that spanned decades. Yet despite their different views, they maintained a strong friendship. Nitze was the Hawk. He was a government insider who worked with every president from Franklin Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush. He believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, Nitze was responsible for beginning and perpetuating the arms race. Kennan was The Dove who was a diplomat who argued that the United States should contain Soviet expansion and then wait for that system to crack open.”

Undercurrent … If I am late in feeding the birds, they come to the front door and sit on the windowsill.

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