Salty old (71) Seth Richardson was good & mad. He was, by his own lights, as dyed-in-the-wool a conservative as a man could be—a wealthy Washington corporation lawyer, a Republican, an avowed isolationist. His Republicanism went way back —to the Hoover administration, when he was Assistant Attorney General, and beyond that, back to his days in North Dakota. Now his critics in Congress were questioning his loyalty to the U.S.

It all started when Harry Truman picked Richardson to head the Subversive Activities Control Board. That aroused the Senate's one-man roadblock, Nevada's testy Pat McCarran, chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary...

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