The fog had lifted and a sharp autumn wind whistled past the skyscrapers, quickening the pulse of the city. In the Navy Yard in Brooklyn lay the spanking new carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt, ready for a presidential commissioning. Across Manhattan, in the brackish waters of the Hudson, an impressive fraction of the U.S. fleet rode at anchor, ready for a presidential review. There would be a parade for Harry Truman up Fifth Avenue, past the flags and the glittering shop windows. He would make a speech before hundreds of thousands on an open...

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