As Washington's well-geared diplomatic machinery shifted smoothly last week to meet each crisis in Hungary or the Middle East, night lights burned long in the fifth-floor State Department suite of a man laboring earnestly to help dictate the shifts. Herbert Hoover Jr., Acting Secretary of State while his chief recuperated in Walter Reed Hospital, had pushed his normal twelve-hour workday to 15 and 18 hours, was gaining extra confidence with each extra duty.

As Under Secretary since September 1954, the former President's handsome, six-footer son helps supervise a 12,000-man department, scoops off as many of Dulles' burdens as he can,...

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