He was known to friends as the Guv. A child of the American heartland and center of isolationism, he was from the beginning a student and citizen of the world. He had lived through the horrors of World War I, precipitated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s reaction to a Serb nationalist’s act of terrorism. A boy correspondent for the Bloomington Pantagraph, the family owned central Illinois newspaper, he had seen starving street children in Russia, innocent victims of civil war. He had pondered the military cemeteries in Europe, and, a Princetonian, he was influenced by Woodrow Wilson’s internationalism, which postulated self-determination and a League of Nations to resolve disputes peacefully and end war for all time.
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