Business & Finance: Victory Over the Phone

WPBoss Donald Nelson, a weak and weary pneumonia convalescent, won a big battle by telephone last week. Nelson had issued the first WPB directive permitting the resumption of civilian production. A majority of his lieutenants, backed solidly by the Army & Navy, had pigeonholed the order, in his absence (TIME, July 17).

To break the deadlock, home-front Czar Jimmy Byrnes intervened last week—and it was on Jimmy that Don Nelson did his selling job over the telephone. The Services had argued that manpower was already short in war industries. Peace-goods production would drive...

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