THE PRESIDENCY: Wanted: Iron Men

As soon as the "all in" was sounded in his weekly press conference, President Truman made an announcement that was a surprise to none of the 158 newsmen gathered in the White House Oval Room. Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall, who wanted to get back to his North Carolina law practice, had resigned (that is, Royall's third letter of resignation had been accepted). Who would get the job? The President couldn't say. Would there be other changes in the top defense command? Harry Truman said he didn't expect any major ones. But,...

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