Debate with Destiny

Never before in the history of modern parliaments had there been an examination of fundamentals so painstakingly searching in detail, so sweeping in scale. Military tactics and grand strategy, global diplomacy and the course of a great world struggle were the subjects. In a marble-paneled, high-ceilinged room, where every word was weighed for its value to an enemy, 25 Senators met to hear a five-star debate on the nation's destiny.

They met at a time when the nation was unhappily engaged in what Douglas MacArthur called "a war of large magnitude [in] a contracted...

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