THE PRESIDENCY: The Week Things Went Wrong

Harry Truman has never cared for Shangri-La, Franklin Roosevelt's old vacation hangout in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, Md., but last week, under Mrs. Truman's urging, he reluctantly consented to pay it a weekend visit. It was a gloomy trip. The weather was enough to make even a President say, "I told you so»—the temperature went down to 40°, it rained & rained, and daughter Margaret developed a miserable toothache. When Harry Truman got back home, White House aides guessed that Shangri-La would never see him again.

It was a prophetic beginning for the week. The war news from...

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