Clark Clifford arrived in Washington in 1945 as a young naval officer serving in a largely ceremonial role. During the years that followed he rose to the highest ranks of Harry S. Truman's administration and then parlayed his government experience into a lucrative law career, a prototype of the many well-connected lawyer-lobbyists who followed him. As a result of his carefully cultivated reputation, Clifford was sought out by Democratic presidents for the next twenty years. During that time he served his country in an official capacity for only one year, but he served with distinction. Late in his life Clifford was disgraced by a scandal that cast a permanent black mark on his reputation—a scandal that ironically coincided with the release of his memoirs.
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