Harry Truman had contented himself with guarded silences and careful speeches during more than a month of clamor and vilification over the removal of General Douglas MacArthur. But last week, breathing the same cocky belligerence with which he had campaigned in 1948, he suddenly started fighting back—Politician Truman's way. He began with a morning speech in the Hotel Statler's big grey and white Presidential Room; after only a minute or so of following a prepared text, he laid it aside, lifted his head, began to bounce on his heels and launched a burst of off-the-cuff oratory.

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