National Affairs: Playing the Angles

Life among the shortages, like life among the Ubangis, was quite comfortable if you only knew the rules. You had to be sharp, keep an open mind, and remember that the whole thing was a matter of percentages. You had to get up early and work both sides of the street. You had to keep your hand on the throttle and your eye on the rail. You had to make friends and influence people. You had to know Joe and make with the dough with a hey-nonny-nonny and a vo-de-o-do.

Pitfalls and pratfalls were everywhere....

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