Secretary of State Acheson went to California on the advice of his boss. It was high time, Harry Truman had said, that Acheson answered his critics and took his policy to the people.

Few Secretaries of State had been under attack from so many different quarters. Some of the criticism was the kind of heel-yapping to be expected from the Chicago Tribune and the Hearst press; but some of it came from responsible men.

Critics charged that Acheson's policy was too often negative. Some who approved his current policy of firmness towards Russia believed that he was late in...

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