National Affairs: Investigations

Any playwright knows that the most difficult part of play writing is to prevent the last act from falling flat. After traveling through the first two acts at a fast pace, it is hard to hold that pace until the end. Moreover, if the first two acts are well constructed, they should force a fairly inevitable conclusion. With a public like the American people, fed from its infancy on news, it is difficult to inspire interest in the inevitable.

In the oil investigation, principal effort was directed to trying to tie up both parties...

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