Books: The Driven Man

JAMES FORRESTAL by Arnold A. Rogow. 397 pages. Macmillan. $6.95.

At a congressional ceremony on March 29, 1949, James Forrestal, retiring as the first Secretary of Defense, received a silver bowl and many plaudits: "A long and brilliant career . . . outstanding talents . . . one of the best analytical minds." A few hours after the ceremony, one of Forrestal's aides found him back at a spare office in the Pentagon, sitting in a rigid position, staring at the bare wall opposite. When the worried aide tried to talk to him, Forrestal said...

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