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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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At Home with the Cia

At Home with the Cia

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Covert Capital

Andrew Friedman

University of California Press

Agents returned from early covert operations in Asia and elsewhere to design northern Virginia’s early suburban houses, bars, restaurants, public culture, and social world. They also shaped domestic lives. In this chapter, I examine several CIA families but zoom in on Huntington and Alice Sheldon. Their personally designed modernist glass house opened itself to emotional blowback from covert capital policy that rehearsed difficulties for those managing a geopoliticized intimate life. Yet the result, for Alice Sheldon, was unique. She developed her own cover story, claiming a second identity as science-fiction writer James Tiptree Jr., inverting the concept of CIA “cover” to create a safe house from CIA gender roles, while drafting inquiries into the uneasy state of CIA women in the covert capital.

Keywords:   liberal, Reston, Kennedy, architecture, modern, modernization, develop, Tiptree, Angleton, gender, Burma, empire, family, women

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