THE PRESIDENCY: The Silent Struggle

The coal strike was over, and it was a clean-cut triumph for Harry Truman.

From the beginning to the end, Harry Truman had not uttered a public word. But his victory had not been easy. His strategy had been simple—he had set the power of the Government against John Lewis, like a tractor against a redwood tree, and had waited for something to give.

John L. had a terrible weapon and no qualms about using it. He had the means of freezing up U.S. industry, the means of hurting the U.S. abroad. He had...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!