At 65, the crinkle-eyed pipe-smoker in the Kremlin appeared fit and trim as a new Stormovik. Tadeusz Romer, former Polish Ambassador to Moscow, now back again with Premier Mikolajczyk, had not seen Joseph Stalin since early 1943. Romer found Stalin looking "years younger." £>e-hind the tobacco haze the old revolutionist could well shrug his shoulders, and utter his characteristic-rejoinder: "Pochemu niet?—Why not?"

For never before in history had Russia been such a potent force in the affairs of the world. Russian armies and Russian foreign policy were something to be reckoned with, from the Baltic to the Dardanelles. In Asia, if...

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