POLAND: Genie from the Bottle

As the week began, the people of Poland were headily engaged in a life-and-death gamble with their nation's future. They had for the first time made a hero out of a Communist: taut, bald Wladyslaw Gomulka. He promised only to take . them on the "Polish road to Socialism." Now everything turned on whether or not the U.S.S.R. would accept the new order peaceably.

To this deadly contest of wills, 51-year-old Communist Gomulka brought the twin advantages of an iron nerve and an unpleasantly intimate knowledge of Moscow's methods. This was Gomulka's second...

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