COLD WAR: Myth of the Monolith

Nothingness makes no headlines. By last week, the Geneva Conference was pretty generally a story played down and tucked away on inside pages. June 1954 might still prove to be a catastrophic month for the free world, but because it involved neither spectacular deed nor memorable word, it could not compete with television on Capitol Hill or the lure of the next motel.

The news of Geneva was that the great Western alliance was fumbling, aimless and adrift. The allies agreed on their fears, but not on what to do about them. They didn't like the bobbing of events, but...

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