Whatever their politics, few Americans would dispute that, as an ambassador of good will, the plain man from Missouri has had few equals. Last week, unassuming Harry Truman was at his best in Brazil.

As the Independence circled Rio de Janeiro's mountain-rimmed harbor, Harry Truman looked down on a city seething with excitement. Streets were bright with welcoming banners. Everywhere there were huge posters of Truman. A special Truman stamp had been printed for the occasion. For days, every band in town had been practicing the Missouri Waltz (which Truman has grown to hate as Franklin D. Roosevelt grew to...

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