In a made-over club dining room at a society place called Tucker's Town, on the island of Bermuda, tiny flags of the U.S., Britain and France stood at the center of a round cedar table. Outside stood stiff-backed soldiers of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. At the exclusive but rundown Mid-Ocean Club, notice was posted: "Passes will not be required from the following:
"The President of the U.S.
"The Prime Minister of Britain.
"The Premier of France."
Beyond stood great scribbles of barbed wire. Beyond the wire stretched the Atlanticat the place where, legend has it, ancient ships circled futilely, until mired at last...