AFTER some forty years Angus was about to end his academic training and move into the realism of unplanned education, where the teachers would be less forbearing and events less kindly. Life and his own weaknesses were catching up with him. His new education by accident would make this clear, and would give him some painful instruction. It would also give him some high moments, and instruction by circumstance was never so warmly rewarding to Angus as during his year as Chief of the Marshall Plan in the Netherlands. He emerged from that experience with new knowledge, new friends, and new confidence in the capacity of a free people to achieve and apply collective wisdom and character. When later lessons somewhat shook his faith in the qualities of American democratic society, he could remember the people of Holland and be reassured.
Angus had become a director of the Committee for Economic Development and a friend of Paul Hoffman, its President. When Hoffman was appointed Administrator of the new Eco
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Publication information: Book title: Trial Balance:The Education of an American. Contributors: Alan Valentine - Author. Publisher: Pantheon. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1956. Page number: 163.
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