"There are three people to whom I can never say no," Robert Abercrombie Lovett once said. "My wife, Henry Stimson and General Marshall." In the past ten years, Bob Lovett has often shown that he meant just what he said.

In 1940, at Henry Stimson's call, he gave up his Wall Street banking office (Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.) to become Stimson's special assistant, stayed on for the duration as Assistant Secretary of War for Air. After the war, he had scarcely settled back into private business before he got a call from...

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