INVESTIGATIONS: Friendship & Nothing More

In weeks of preparing a political barbecue pit for Harry Vaughan, the Senate subcommittee investigating five-percenters made no secret of its intentions—it was going to spit him, spin him over the fires of righteousness until sin dripped out of him like gravy, and lug him back to President Truman looking like a huge shish kebab. While no formal announcement was made, G.O.P. members implied that church bells would be rung, cannon fired, and flags run up on public buildings as soon as he was cooked.

At first glance last week, Major General Vaughan...

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