THE NATION: Porcelain & Clay

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. . .

—Charles Dickens

Last week, as in every week in human history, in the best of times and in the worst of times, the leaders of the world's nations played out their separate parts. In Washington, President Eisenhower presented his annual budget to the Congress —one that presages the most prosperous year in U.S. history, making possible a tidy budget surplus. In Moscow, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev announced that...

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