Government: The Gold Warriors

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson went to Washington last week not to ask for money but to talk about it—and the talk focused attention on the small band of Americans who are the nation's front-line strategists in the gold war. In one hectic day, Wilson managed to share Scotch and headaches with the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the chief presidential economist and a score of their erudite underlings. These puissant men, almost all of them newcomers to the first team, are increasingly called upon by the rising pressures of international finance to...

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