FOREIGN RELATIONS: For Better or for Worse

Most of the others were waiting as Secretary of State Dean Acheson slipped through the side entrance of the White House executive wing and strode into the Cabinet room. He took his seat at the long, polished table, opened up his little tan leather dispatch case, waited for the conference to begin. At the table there were owlishly grave Treasury Secretary John Snyder, Acting Commerce Secretary Cornelius Vanderbilt ("Sonny") Whitney, intelligence counselors and a brace of presidential aides. For the Defense Department also present were Under Secretary Steve Early, Navy Secretary...

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