Time Essay: Now for the Age of Psst!

On a wall of John Ehrlichman's home in Santa Fe hangs a framed piece of stationery imprinted "Aboard Air Force One" and signed by Henry Kissinger. Upon this official sheet, dated May 22,1971, are recorded two games of ticktacktoe between Ehrlichman and the Secretary of State. One game is a draw. The other game shows Ehrlichman a winner. In the shade of this trophy−this fun-and-games scalp−Ehrlichman wrote his roman à clef, The Company, in which Kissinger, under the thinnest of disguises, has taken a second clobbering that the old ticktacktoe loser could hardly...

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