The MacArthur Hearing: Act II

The second act of the MacArthur hearing was as different as George Marshall is from Douglas MacArthur. Drama, the arresting statement of position, the philosophy of the bold course, all left with MacArthur. The creased, freckled face of George Marshall wore an almost unvarying expression of troubled concern; his painstaking manner was not the kind to draw crowds close to the footlights. The knots of onlooking Senators melted away, leaving the 26-man committee to do the job. But history still hung over Room 318 in the Senate Office Building.

Marshall testified carefully, sometimes ploddingly; often he consulted his counsel, who sat at...

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