In the mind of many a famous man lurks the question of what figure he will cut in History. That was the concern of the last bitter years of Napoleon; it worried vain Frederick the Great; it troubled Lincoln. Franklin Roosevelt, who has long had an eye on his own place in history, last week made plans to occupy it.

Into the oval study on the second floor of the White House trooped the Washington press corps, in response to a summons promising them "the greatest human interest story" in the six years of...

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