The hearing of the House Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight had not lasted long before a picture emerged from memory and began to dominate the scene. It was a picture of a tall, handsome young man in the isolation booth, his face contorted with mental effort, his lips muttering a kind of private stream-of-consciousness through which he tried to find the answers to Twenty One's difficult questions. Bearer of a distinguished name, Charles Van Doren (TIME cover, Feb. n, 1957) had seemed the finest product of American education, character, family background and...

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