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During a high-level diplomatic conference in Paris last February, two U.S. State Department officials found it necessary to consult their boss after the close of the business day. When they knocked on the door of his temporary quarters in the U.S. Embassy residence, a muffled voice directed them to come in. The bedroom they entered was empty, but the voice, which seemed to be coming from the bathroom, gave them further directions: "In here." Proceeding solemnly into the bathroom, the two diplomats found Secretary of State John Foster Dulles stretched...

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