THE PRESIDENCY: Shadow Dancing with the World

The Iranian crisis has produced the world's largest and most complex psychodrama. Every day in Washington President Carter is brought up to the minute on the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini's psychological profile, a shifting and convoluted picture that is alien to White House experience. And the Ayatullah himself has already told the world that his actions are attuned to his perception of Carter's "guts."

A small elite group of men and women are wheedling, cajoling, flattering and threatening in an effort to reach one another's minds. Rarely has the international struggle for influence...

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