THE PRESIDENCY: The Little Man Who Dared

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A White House aide, leafing through a routine sheaf of wire copy from the news ticker, started with surprise. He had come across the report of Joe Martin's speech, made that afternoon in the House, containing General Douglas MacArthur's letter endorsing the employment of Chiang Kai-shek's troops to open a second front in China. The aide rushed in to the President's office. As he read, Harry Truman flushed with anger. As the White House leaked the story later, he made his decision then & there—Thursday, April 5—that Douglas MacArthur must go....

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