National Affairs: New Man, New Terms

Lieut. General Walter Bedell Smith, the President's new Ambassador to Russia, had the finest of references—his last boss, Ike Eisenhower, once called him one of history's great chiefs of staff. Affable, determined, sometimes furious "Beedle" Smith coordinated the plans and handled the administrative details of Eisenhower's campaigns from North Africa to Germany. Besides that, he kept peace among the U.S. and British officers involved in those joint complications. The State Department was getting one of the Army's best diplomats.

No one who knows Beedle Smith doubts his ability to get along with the...

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