THE PRESIDENCY: Thalassocrats

The White House telephone tinkled. Secretary George Akerson answered it. His Chief was calling from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Now, said the President, it could be told: he and Prime Minister MacDonald had agreed to have the latter issue invitations to France, Italy and Japan to discuss naval reductions with Britain and the U. S. in London on Jan. 20. The invitations would go out on the morrow (see p. 27). Like most momentous news it was very simple. There was nothing more to say — yet — about the historic...

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