THE NATION: Late Spring

The average U.S. citizen had assumed that his world would soon get back to normal after the war. He could hardly escape the fact of the atomic bomb, but he thought he could forget it for a while. The national debt was big, but it wouldn't explode; and the Russians, though annoying, would be busy rebuilding Minsk. He ordered an automobile, ate a steak, and waited irascibly for Better Conditions. But last week, as spring grudgingly began to warm the continent, he had reached a reluctant conclusion: things were probably as normal...

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