THE NATION: Breath of Summer

The days were warm and pleasant, the nights were still cool, and U.S. citizens began to think happily of summer vacations in the mountains, on the shore, or pounding along the nation's sun-shimmering highways. For a change, there was hope in the international air, too. In the smiling rose garden back of the White House, Harry Truman spoke to a group of war correspondents who were off to revisit the wreckage-strewn Normandy beaches on the fifth anniversary of Dday.

On that June day five years ago, peace had seemed simply a problem of...

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