The Power & the Grief

The news was too magnificent. The British held in Libya, the Russians held, and now the U.S. had held, by smashing the Japs at Midway. And there was more to it than just holding: the British were beginning carefully and thoroughly to do their job of destroying Germany from the air.

All over the U.S. the optimism which the Administration had first inspired, and bad then hastily quenched, bubbled back again. The reason was simple; there simply was no important bad news, except submarine sinkings on the East Coast—which, although very serious indeed, were something the public had got used to.


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