One after another the gleaming staff cars and Volkswagen rolled up to the dirty, grey, four-story building in Frankfurt. Upstairs on the top floor, across the worn leather top of a huge, oval table, the commanders of the U.S. and British occupation zones faced Western Germany's leading political figures. Then came the long-expected announcement.

It was a clear, unequivocal answer to Soviet attempts to scuttle the European Recovery Program. For the 40 million Germans of Bizonia's eight states, General Lucius D, Clay, the U.S. commander, outlined a new form of economic government....

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