CONFERENCES: Old Rock Bottom

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"Uncle Joe Stalin is all right—a straight shooter. It's that doublecrossing little Molotov who causes all the trouble. He's trying to cut Uncle Joe's throat."

Seldom had so much error been compressed into so few words, spoken by a high U.S. official in the hopeful, innocent spring of 1945. His was a view of U.S.Russian relations then widely current; it died hard as international cooperation deteriorated through a year of deadlock and turgid compromise. But by the strained and troubled summer of 1946, when Molotov at the Paris Peace Conference again...

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