NATO: A Question of Leadership

As he opened the regular weekly session of the West German Cabinet, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's unsmiling face was grimmer than ever. "Meine Herren," he began, "we have a very serious development for the world. For the good of everyone we must hope that President Eisenhower recovers quickly." Said a Frenchman: "My God, first it was the Sputniks, and now this. It looks as if God is on the wrong side."

All over Europe, the emotional impact of Ike's cerebral occlusion was shattering. Eisenhower, hope of the West, the man to whom all were looking to meet and match the Sputnik challenge,...

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