Peace was a clamor, a quest, a foreboding struggle. But politicians and publicists accounted for nearly all the news. Seldom had the people been quieter than in the months before V-E day, 1946. Even where "popular" demonstrations occurred (in Detroit, or Trieste, or Cairo) they had a manipulated look as of soldiers marshaled for parade. While their leaders made history, what went on among the people for whom (and ultimately by whom) history is made? Their leaders were concerned (perhaps necessarily) with remote and technical matters—U.N. procedures, boundaries, interest rates on...

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