WAR & PEACE: Breaking the Circle

WAR & PEACE

Last week Ambassador Clarence Gauss (rhymes with boss) sailed on the President Garfield from San Francisco, bound for Chungking. Like every U.S. Ambassador, like the members of the innumerable U.S. missions in Europe and Asia, his task had narrowed to one main aim: to prevent the Axis encirclement of the U.S.

The circle was tightening.

Ambassador Gauss, who smokes so constantly that he seems naked without a cigar, kept out of the limelight as usual. Unobtrusive, sharp-faced, medium-tall, grey-haired, he has been in the U.S. foreign service for 35 of his...

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