THE PRESIDENCY: Seizure

"The mystery of where Truman has been heading," noted one political commentator* recently, "can be answered simply. All his skills and energies—and he has been among our hardest-working Presidents—have been directed to standing still ... to work himself back close to the center spot of indecision from which he started." In his abrupt seizure of the nation's $10 billion steel industry last week, Harry Truman decisively brought to an end the immediate threat of a critical strike. But his action left the dispute over steel itself, and the future of the whole...

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