The Man Without an Agenda

Adviser Clark grows in influence, but influence for what?

For as long as he has worked with Ronald Reagan, William Patrick Clark has had the job of troubleshooter. In 1967, when Reagan was Governor of California, he appointed Clark his chief of staff during an early crisis; thereafter Clark kept the Governor's office meticulously organized. In 1981, as Deputy Secretary of State, Clark worked to smooth Secretary of State Alexander Haig's high-strung relations with the White House. Finally, when Clark replaced Richard Allen as Reagan's National Security Adviser in January of last year, the...

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