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...

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