The Administration: Shrinking Inner Circle

Thomas Mann, Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, submitted his resignation last week to his friend and fellow Texan in the White House.

After 24 years as a State Department careerist, Mann, 53, intends to take a long rest and write a book. If it .resembles his career, the book should be hard-hitting, controversial and influential.

Born in Laredo, Mann spoke border Spanish—"Tex-Mex"—almost as soon as he spoke English and acquired a lifelong fondness for the neighboring Mexicans and the Latin temperament. All but two years of his State Department service were spent in Latin America or on Latin...

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