Truman's Style of Diplomacy
When the Soviet commissar for foreign affairs heard about the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he rushed in the dark of the early-morning hours to Spaso House, the American ambassador's residence in Moscow. V. M. Molotov was visibly shaken and pensive, wondering about the new man in the White House to whom the powers of government now belonged. 1 The British ambassador to the Soviet Union also worried. Archibald Clark-Kerr told Ambassador Harriman on April 13, 1945, the day after the president's death, that he was deeply troubled about the future of world affairs, because "so much that matters was gathered in the hands and heart of that man." 2
The president of the United States in the 1940s, and after, was correctly recognized as the supreme decision maker and chief diplomat in the creation and conduct of American foreign policy. Roosevelt's
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Publication information: Book title: On Every Front:The Making and Unmaking of the Cold War. Edition: Revised. Contributors: Thomas G. Paterson - Author. Publisher: W. W. Norton. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 119.