The Press: Pertinax Goes Home

Last week France's No. 1 journalist-in-exile packed his belongings in Washington, including his cocker spaniel Busy Bee, gift of his good friend Walter Lippmann, and got ready to sail home. He hoped to celebrate his 63rd birthday on the Atlantic. It had been five years and four months since "Pertinax" sailed out of Bordeaux on a British destroyer, away from a France which had not heeded his Cassandra-like warnings.

During his years in the U.S., Pertinax (real name: André Géraud) had lost none of his reputation for perspicacity. In New York and in Washington, whither he moved in 1943, he was often...

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