Letters, Jan. 17, 1949

Bottleneck to Peace


Like so many people, I have been romantic and dreamy-eyed about the Russian problem. It seemed only fair to give Stalin a break; to say that he really was a friendly fellow, that he honestly wanted peace. World developments have proved me to be wrong, but still I dreamed of a benign and misunderstood Stalin.

Your excellent resume of the "Historicus" article [TIME, Dec. 27] has cleared my hazy and confused brain. It has explained Stalin in such clear and concise terms that even a busy housewife like myself should know now where to place the blame for the bottleneck...

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