Cordell Hull wore the happy look of a man who at last can tell a burning secret: for 25 months he had shaped his every act toward Vichyfrance so as to prepare for a successful Mediterranean front.

Keeping his mouth shut was hard. People called him appeaser, demanded his resignation. Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill had approved his policy, but silently had to let stout-hearted Cordell Hull struggle alone with the misunderstandings.

Now, to tell all, the Secretary of State called newspapermen for an unusual Sunday conference in an unusual place, his own...

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