National Affairs: Diplomacy by Handout

Secretary of State Dean Acheson was spending a quiet Sunday puttering around his Maryland farm when he first learned of the "peace offer" from Moscow. Joseph Stalin had dug into his mail sack of questions indefatigably asked by U.S. news correspondents. He picked out a tempting set sent in by I.N.S. Correspondent J. Kingsbury Smith, representing William Randolph Hearst. As a result, Hearstling Smith had a news beat, and Stalin had a good propaganda story circulated for him by the free U.S. press.

Acheson sat down and made notes on what he thought the...

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