- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
I was reading a history of the years leading up to U.S. involvement in World War II and out of curiosity looked up Robert D. Stuart Jr., the founder of America First, the isolationist organization today often remembered for its association with Charles Lindbergh. I was surprised to see that, 44 years later, Stuart became President Reagan’s ambassador to Norway. More evidence that F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong in asserting that there are no second acts in American lives. On the other hand, this was more like a fourth act in Stuart’s long life.