The script had become repetitious, the audience was getting that glazed look: it was time to end. This week the curtain came down on the MacArthur hearing.

The 26 Senators who had sat for eight weeks in a Capitol hearing room and asked questions were far from unified in their conclusions about why General Douglas MacArthur was dismissed, what should be done next in Korea, or how much the U.S. had been to blame for Communism's advances in Asia. The official transcript totaled 2,045,000 words—more than twice the wordage of the Bible.

"In Direct Disagreement." To wind up the show, the...

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