National Affairs: The Cool Man

Secretary of State Dean Acheson looked trim and cool in a grey tropical suit when he walked into Room 212 in the Senate Office Building last week and faced the Senate committees. For the past fortnight, he had spent every spare minute preparing his case. He read every line of the 1,050,000-word testimony of Douglas MacArthur and of the Administration's witnesses. State Department staffers had been working day & night digging out papers, preparing briefings; they even analyzed the questions of individual Senators for their attitude and special interests.

The Capitol corridors were...

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