Reading note: Browser Books
|Browser Books on Fillmore Street|
Recently picked up a copy of John Lewis Gaddis's biography of George F. Kennan in the bargain bin at Browser Books on upper Fillmore Street. From chapter nine:
The next few days, which involved stops in Cairo, Baghdad, Tehran, exposed Kennan for the first time to the Middle East. Overwhelmed by its heat, dust, and languor, repelled by the "religious bigotry" that---in contrast to the Russians---kept the feminine half of society under "indefinite house arrest," he found little in the region to recommend it (page 176).