INVESTIGATIONS: Of Cells & Onionskins

Owen Lattimore arrived first with his wife, took a seat in the front row of the big, marble-walled caucus room in the Senate Office Building. He waved to friends, clasping his hands above his head like a boxer. Big Senator Joe McCarthy came in and sat down behind the committee table. By the time a rumpled man had taken his seat at the witness table, spectators filled every aisle, teetered and craned from the ledges around the walls.

Louis Budenz, glancing warily right & left, began testifying in a casual tone. He retold...

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