FOREIGN RELATIONS: For a True & Total Peace

Dwight Eisenhower and his advisers knew, on Stalin's death, that history had reached a crossroad, and that it was imperative for the U.S. Government to restate its direction in foreign policy. But the President would not be hurried; he wanted Stalin's successors to show their hand first. He rejected an early proposal for a special message to Congress, another for a fireside chat to the nation. Then last week, choosing his platform and timing carefully, the President went before the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington's Statler Hotel to deliver one of the notable policy statements of U.S. history.

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