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IN the midsummer of the fateful year of 1917, as the Russian revolutionary volcano seethed and rumbled, an American named Major Raymond Robins arrived in Petrograd on a secret mission of the utmost importance. Officially, he traveled as Assistant Chief of the American Red Cross Division. Unofficially, he was in the service of the Intelligence Division of the United States Army. His secret mission was to help keep Russia in the war against Germany.

DURING these last tension-ridden years, much has been said about the prodigious cost of the Cold War. It has become a truism that the huge expenditures of our Government go overwhelmingly for military purposes, and that our industries are increasingly engaged in producing implements not to enhance life but to engender death. In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies - in the final sense - a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and are not clothed."

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