A one-man Brain Trust is Assistant Secretary of State Adolf Augustus Berle Jr. Short, dapper, arrogant, well-heeled Berle is a child prodigy who still likes to head the class. He is all at once: 1) analyst-extraordinary of corporate finance (The Modern Corporation and Private Property, 1932), 2) intimate of New York Muckraker Samuel Seabury who is backer of Republican Tom Dewey, 3) adviser to Franklin Roosevelt (whom he calls "Caesar" to his face), on everything from railroads to Munich.

Most anonymous of Berle's recent coups was the President's last-minute appeal to Hitler...

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