THE NATION: Man In Charge

On the morning after his reelection, President Eisenhower was up a few minutes after 7, at his desk before 9, to head off the seemingly inexhaustible dangers of world crisis. To the White House came the top diplomats, the military and intelligence chiefs, all bringing bits and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle of Soviet tanks churning westward through the bloody snows of satelliteland, of MIG-17s swooping southward past Mount Ararat to take up menacing new forward bases in Syria.

Above the bits and pieces of the puzzle hung a many-sided question: Were...

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