On a summer afternoon in 1945, an American newsman asked a visitor to Moscow, "What do you think of Zhukov?" Answered Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower: "Georgy is a very decent fellow. [If he were] left on his own, I believe I could do business with him." Last week, when Marshal Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov was named Defense Minister of the Soviet Union, the question whether the old friendship would affect U.S.-Soviet relations became the subject of international speculation.

An Enormous Bear Rug. Dwight Eisenhower and Georgy Zhukov became friends in the early days of Allied control in Berlin. Their friendship...

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