International: After the Party

U.S. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman gave a cocktail party last week at his Moscow residence, Spasso House. His guests: Poland's exiled ex-Premier Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, who had just come from London; Poland's Communist President Boleslaw Bierut, who had just come from Warsaw; and a swatch of other Poles who did not like each other. Drinks flowed. The party was a big success. Five days later the Polish factions surprised a world accustomed to Polish fractiousness: they had reached agreement and formed a government acceptable to all of the Big Three.

Obviously, drinks alone could...

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