BEHIND THE SCENES: The McKinsey Report

In the political confusion of May 1952, some optimistic Eisenhower Republicans began thinking about a problem that might be with them in December. The problem: How could a Republican President-elect and his key men, in the few weeks between election and inauguration, get a clear view of the vast, federal, bureaucratic jungle inhabited by 2,600,000 employees? One foresighted Ikeman, New York Financier Harold Talbott, a big G.O.P. fund raiser who will be Secretary of the Air Force in the new Administration, had an answer.

Two months before either party had nominated its candidate, Talbott hired Manhattan's McKinsey & Co.. one...

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