Max Holland: Starts website

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The editor of Washington DeCoded is Max Holland, a journalist and author who has lived in Washington since 1976.

The inspiration for the website comes from an essay penned by George Orwell in 1946, just after the end of World War II. In"Politics and the English Language," Orwell observed that"Political language--and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

That sensibility captures the intent of Washington DeCoded, a non-partisan newsletter about the nation's capital that began publishing on-line on 11 March 2007. Washington DeCoded will not toe any partisan or ideological line. Its only purpose will be to try and explain issues of moment to its readers. Sometimes these issues will be the ones commanding headlines, but more often not.

Max Holland is also a contributing editor at The Nation magazine and the Wilson Quarterly, and sits on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter- Intelligence. His articles have also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Studies in Intelligence, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Reviews in American History, and on-line at History News Network.

In 2001, Holland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, bestowed jointly by Harvard University's Nieman Center and the Columbia University School of Journalism, for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. That same year he won a Studies in Intelligence Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, the first writer working outside the U.S. government to be so recognized.

Holland's books include: The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission, and the Aftermath (Knopf, 2004); The CEO Goes to Washington: Negotiating the Halls of Power (Whittle Direct Books, 1994); and When the Machine Stopped: A Cautionary Tale from Industrial America (Harvard Business School Press, 1989).

Although articles appearing in Washington DeCoded are copyrighted, they may be freely distributed and/or printed for non-commercial use unless the copyright is held by another party.


Beginning March 2007, Washington DeCoded will feature monthly articles and book reviews about contemporary history, the political economy, presidential commissions, intelligence and counter- intelligence, 9/11, assassinations, the Cold War, archives and archival practices, secrecy, and U.S. government classification policy.

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