THE NATION: Inertia

On the eve of turning the U.S. Government over to Ike Eisenhower, Harry Truman last week had a confession. "I could have clotted things up so he wouldn't get straightened out for a year." Truman, talking to a reporter, hastened to add: "Of course, I wouldn't do that and I told everybody in my Administration to cooperate fully in the turnover."

The statement was as interesting for what it admitted as for what it denied.

Harry Truman was a genius with a political booby trap, and he knew it. He had, apparently, resisted...

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