THE PRESIDENCY: The Face in the Lamplight

Twice before, in deep predicament, Harry Truman had gone looking for a man of honesty, dignity and prestige. Both times he turned in the same direction. Last week the rays of Mr. Truman's lamp fell once again on the homely, sorrowful, willing face of General George Catlett Marshall.

The President had seldom been in a worse political fix. At its center was Louis Johnson, the Democratic Party's chief fund raiser in the 1948 presidential campaign, whom Mr. Truman had rewarded with the job of Secretary of Defense. But by now it was clear that to keep Johnson in the Cabinet...

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