National Affairs: Won't You Come In?

A hot propaganda potato had been tossed to Secretary of State Acheson; it was either keep it and get burned, or toss it back. He cupped it gingerly in his hands, and heaved it back. Twenty-two Soviet bloc citizens, including top Russian Composer Dmitri Shostakovich, had applied to visit the U.S. They would be chief exhibits at a "cultural and scientific conference for world peace" this week in Manhattan.

The Secretary of State could keep the Communists out, as the Communists had kept the Americans out of Russian territory. Or he could let them...

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