WAR & PEACE: Eighteen Days


I feel that I am walking through history

—Wendell Willkie.

Last week Wendell Willkie returned to the U. S. from the British Isles and the war. At 8:05 one cold morning the Dixie Clipper, glittering in the bright morning sun, loomed over the Whitestone Bridge, came down for a perfect landing in the choppy water off New York's LaGuardia Airport. The returning traveler, extremely tired, his white shirt rumpled, his gray herringbone suit needing pressing, waved for photographers, greeted his son, kissed his wife, and said: "I'm glad to be home."

Behind him lay one of the most extraordinary journeys in...

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