The emissary from the White House slipped quietly into Charles E. Wilson's Manhattan office last week to press an old question. Would Charlie Wilson give up his job as president of General Electric* to take charge of U.S. mobilization in Washington? Wilson, eyeing his visitor through his thick lenses, reconsidered the "No" which had been his answer since Korea. He might accept, said he, if he 1) got full powers to run mobilization his way, and 2) reported directly to the President and not through a middleman. Next day Harry Truman was...

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