To the public eye, Arkansas' John L. (for Little) McClellan is a cold-eyed, stone-voiced, racket-busting U.S. Senator. But his few close friends know him for a sensitive, compassionate man who keeps his feelings hidden deep because they have been so sorely tested by sorrow. McClellan's mother died bearing him; his first wife died after they were unhappily divorced; his second wife died in 1935 of spinal meningitis. Son Max, by the first marriage, also died of meningitis while serving with the Army in North Africa in 1943. And in 1949, three days...

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