U.S. At War: Among Friends . . .

Madame Chiang Kai-shek sat expectantly on the edge of the President's huge swivel chair, like a young girl at her first matinee. Only when she leaned forward did the tips of her tiny, open-toed pumps touch the floor. On her left, Franklin Roosevelt, puffing at a cigaret, lounged easily in an oversize armchair. On her right, Eleanor Roosevelt sat stiffly erect, one hand on Madame Chiang's chair in a protective gesture.

The 172 newsmen and women who trouped into the oval study (23 more than had greeted Franklin Roosevelt at his first press conference after Casablanca) full well expected a good show,...

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