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The two men who gave Jimmy Byrnes the most bother when he was Secretary of State were 1) V. M. Molotov, 2) Henry Wallace. In a book published this week, ex-Secretary of State Byrnes tells the story of the diplomatic struggle in which he took part, from Yalta (January 1945) to the New York conference of Foreign Ministers (November 1946). Written* from records and from onetime court reporter Byrnes's shorthand notes, Speaking Frankly (Harper, $3.50) is sometimes illuminating, sometimes frank. Byrnes admires Molotov. Towards Wallace he is bitter.

In September 1946, everyone...

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