THE NATION: The Other 99.4%

The U.S. was full of people who had never been secret agents, movie starlets, U.S. Senators, atomic scientists or stock manipulators. Millions of them had never sat on a flagpole, made the headlines in a love-nest raid or lost a $14,000 Russian sable stole; almost as many had yet to sniff cocaine, snap at a waiter in the Stork Club, sue somebody for libel, own a Jaguar 3½-liter convertible, or pour a champagne cocktail over a blonde's shoulder blades.

It was a good thing that they hadn't—not that they were all upstanding citizens or that they were all devoted to work...

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