Within a few days President Truman, a shrewd and practical politician, would be off to meet a shrewd Briton and a practical Russian. It would be his first trip to Europe since he sailed for France as an artillery officer in World War I.

Before he left, the President had had a busy fortnight in the field of foreign relations. Out of it had come:

¶Assurance of Senate ratification of the new world charter (see below). ¶An informal vote of confidence from the U.S. public: the Gallup poll reported that 87% of U.S. citizens approve the way he...

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