National Affairs: The Face of Mars

The nation received the fearful news from Korea with a strange-seeming calmness—the kind of confused, fearful, half-disbelieving matter-of-factness with which many a man has reacted on learning that he has cancer or tuberculosis. The news of Pearl Harbor, nine years ago to the month, had pealed out like a fire bell. But the numbing facts of the defeat in Korea seeped into the national consciousness slowly out of a jumble of headlines, bulletins and communiqués; days passed before its enormity finally became plain.

On the surface the U.S. went on about its business almost...

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