Armed Forces: Engine Charlie

"The price of progress is trouble," said Charles Erwin Wilson, "and I must be making lots of progress." Wilson knew what he was talking about: a bulky man with cowlicked white hair and a round, mobile face, he had a habit of blurting out whatever was on his mind. That habit got him into plenty of trouble—and sometimes diverted attention from abilities that Wilson brought to the presidency of the world's greatest industrial corporation and to the post of Secretary of Defense as the U.S. entered the missile age. Last week at Richland, his showplace plantation in Louisiana, Charlie Wilson,...

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