Commander at Work

Franklin Roosevelt had a chipper, assured look. Speaking in short, clipped sentences, curt as a communique, the U.S. Commander in Chief* informed the press (two and a half hours after reporters heard the news by radio) that Pantelleria had fallen. Then he turned to his typed, pink-paper notes, suddenly abandoned war talk for a suave, new role: Chief of United Nations Propaganda.

Said Propagandist Roosevelt: This is an appropriate time to address a word to Italians. Mussolini, for personal gain, betrayed his own people and handed over his country to Hitler. The Italian...

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