Jesse Gets Ruffled

The week was enough to try a saint's patience, let alone the patience of Jesse Jones.

First he was called by the Senate's bustling Truman Committee, all set to pin the rubber shortage on somebody. Jones dodged the pin point. Backed up by five of his experts and lawyers, the Secretary of Commerce belligerently cocked his good right ear at the committee, stubbornly parried its jabs.

The committee wanted to know about a recommendation the old National Defense Advisory Commission sent to Jones in October 1940: that the U.S. should start immediately on...

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