The Senate paid big, solid Charles Wilson its best and rarest compliment. Without even calling him up to Capitol Hill for a going-over, it unanimously confirmed his appointment as Director of Defense Mobilization.

But 5½ hours after he was sworn in, Wilson found that some Congressmen were ready for a chat. The Joint Committee on Defense Production, like the rest of the U.S., was eager to know the scope and direction of his plans. Wearing the blue, pinstriped suit in which he had been sworn in earlier in the day, Wilson was the first to arrive in the shining marble hall...

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