Near & dear to the heart of Herbert Hoover when he was Secretary of Commerce was that Department's Bureau of Foreign & Domestic Commerce. When he became President he continued to build it up and expand its functions into a world-wide organization primarily interested in helping the U. S. businessman sell his goods abroad. If Johannesburg wanted washing machines or Brisbane underwear or Budapest typewriters or Edmonton corkscrews, what came to be known as "Hoover's Foreign Legion" would hear of it first and flash the news to the Department which then...

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