Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

Light on the Shadow World

The ‘Decision Room’ in the International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C. (Sam Kittner)
A marvelous new museum

If you like espionage — its history, its methods, its moral questions — you will love the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. If you don’t especially like espionage — you may still love the museum, for it is an excellent one, even an enthralling one. Personally, I’m not much for museums. I was in full sympathy with Art Buchwald’s classic shtick, “The Six-Minute Louvre.” But the new spy museum, I stuck with as long as my feet held out.

I have said “new.” The museum was established in 2002, in the Penn Quarter of Washington, downtown. Now it is

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