Charles E. Wilson,* the strong man of WPB, went to the White House to resign, as he had twice before in the past nine months. He had a personal reconversion problem of his own: he wanted to get back to the presidency of General Electric. And he was sick & tired of months of WPB haggling and sniping. Once more Franklin Roosevelt begged him to stay on as WPB's executive vice chairman—at least until Germany fell.

"I left . . . with renewed inspiration," Charlie Wilson said later. The inspiration had a very...

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