THE HEMISPHERE: Echoes from a Coup

More than a month had passed since a military junta seized the government in Venezuela, and the U.S. had not recognized the new regime in Caracas. President Truman, who had come to know and like ousted President Romulo Gallegos on their two-day trip across the U.S. to Bolivar, Mo. last July, was personally responsible for the decision.

Last week Washington learned how Harry Truman had made up his mind. Shortly after the Gallegos government was overthrown, a White House secretary called the Simon Bolivar Memorial Foundation, which had arranged last summer's celebration in Bolivar. "The President," said the secretary, "would like...

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