Like many another U.S. citizen, Harry Truman had been planning vacations since the snow melted last spring. He had hoped to go to the Philippines, had planned a trip to Alaska. But he had stayed in the capital instead, watching crisis after crisis surge and ebb away.
Last week his hopes for a summer recess from conferences, official calls, paper work and Washington's weather finally materialized. Wearing his weariness with a jaunty and well-pressed air, he boarded the 244-ft. presidential yacht Williamsburg, set out on a dawdling, 18-day cruise into New England waters.
He was accompanied by four...