THE PRESIDENCY: Generations of Peace

The decade that began with the rumble of German Panzer divisions and the whine of Stuka dive bombers came to an end last week with a few words in Washington. It was just ten years after the invasion of Poland, four years after the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, and an appropriate occasion for summing up—the kind that President Harry Truman rarely lets slip by unnoticed.

Of course he had been rather disappointed that a war of nerves had persisted for the last three or four years, Harry Truman told his press conference. But he was hopeful that it would...

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