The secrets of Evermay! Harry Belin didn’t know that his grandfather was a spy, or how exactly his dad survived the crash of the Hindenburg, until he sold the family’s historic Georgetown estate this summer (to a pair of Japanese biotech entrepreneurs, for $22 million) and started sorting through nine decades worth of papers he retrieved from the property. Our colleague Ian Shapira reports: A family’s hidden history is revealed after sale of their grand Georgetown estate, 10/16/11
In other news: Bush 41 refused to set foot in his Oval Office in tennis clothes, not even for a second – had to be coat and tie, at least. So we learn from newly released oral history of his presidency. Also: they considered Clint Eastwood for the VP slot in ’88. . . CNN VP and former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker’s poignant memoir of growing up biracial and semi-fatherless.