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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!