The itch to tell all had spread among retired White House hands. In the Saturday Evening Post, gurgling, roly-poly George E. Allen turned up last week with a one-shot article on "My Two Years with Truman." By Allen's account the two years had been fun for Allen but not so much fun for his good friend Harry Truman—a man of "exaggerated modesty" who had inherited all the problems of the Roosevelt Administration.

To embarrass Truman's close friend, California Oilman Ed Pauley (wrote Allen), ex-Attorney General Francis Biddle filed the famed California oil tidelands suit. "Harold Ickes, after failing to get...

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