The Press: Worst Best

No one knows exactly what happened to Bob Best. Columnist Dorothy Thompson believes he turned traitor because he is "intellectually lazy" and "ignorant." Author William L. Shirer says Bob Best "stayed too long in Europe." Some had always thought him a queer duck, with a fanatical religious bent. One correspondent who worked with him said: "I always figured he was an eccentric, but I never thought he was a son of a bitch!"

South Carolina-born, 2201b. Robert Henry Best served in the U.S. Army in World War I, later studied journalism at Columbia...

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