Cordell Hull, old and ill, raised a trem bling hand to be sworn in as a witness.
During the reading of his 20,000-word statement, he went off to rest. He returned to sit for an hour, an overcoat around his shoulders, while Senators asked questions.
After the former Secretary of State came former Under Secretary Sumner Welles, austere, correct and unshakable.
Although the two had disagreed on many things, they saw eye-to-eye on the events leading up to Pearl Harbor. Their testimony gave the most intimate account yet told of the fated diplomacy of 1941...