One day last week, a Washington-bound airliner put down at Memphis and Lawyer Samuel Sears, a ruddy, pipe-smoking Bostonian with a grey Homburg, natty bow tie and wispy mustache, stepped out for a breath of fresh air. A reporter rushed up to him asking: "Pardon me, sir, but are you the Australian ambassador?"

He was not, but what he was made him of far greater interest to the U.S. newspaper-reading public: he had just been named the Mundt committee counsel, the man who would direct the investigation of the row between Joe McCarthy...

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