HEROES: The Legacy

One cool afternoon last week, a hundred dignitaries crowded into the shingled house on the Long Island estate where Henry L. Stimson had lived for 47 years. They gathered to pay last respects to the ex-Secretary of War who had been in the Cabinets of four Presidents. The will he left was businesslike, but he had already written a final testament. It was the "Afterword" to the memoirs Stimson wrote three years ago. Quoted at his funeral, it bequeathed a faith for his unpeaceful times:

NEITHER a man nor a nation can live in the past. We can go only...

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