THE PRESIDENCY: Week of Decision

The week of the war's end was, in many ways, the true beginning of the Truman Presidency. The military tasks which Harry Truman had inherited were done. The broad phases of Franklin Roosevelt's foreign-policy commitments had been carried out. The crisis of peace had arrived—and Harry Truman was on his own.

By week's end President Truman's friends agreed that: the President had unhesitatingly met the problem of peace headon; had proved himself a jaunty master of the difficult art of delegating authority; had accomplished smoothly in a few days what many of Washington's...

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