After Seven Years
After Seven Years
The chief value of a foreword is the opportunity it offers for disclaimers. Hence I wish to make clear what this book is not. It does not claim to be a history of the past seven crucial years. It is not a treatise on economics, politics or political philosophy. It is not the biography of any public figure. It is the account of political events as I saw them, of what those events signified as I understood them, and of my opinions of them as I was able to form and express opinions. It is based upon my notes, memoranda, documents, my daily journal and other first-hand material. If, in the broad history of these times, it serves as a footnote, I am content.
This book was not hastily written, nor was its publication decided upon without a full consideration of all the factors involved. It could not have been written and published sooner because, in many cases, judgments had to wait upon the unfolding of time and circumstance. To publish it at some later date would, it seemed to me, lessen its modest value as a commentary upon contemporary problems and decisions. An obligation to give to the public that which belongs to the public rests upon anyone who is privileged to participate in public affairs. This obligation to that inexorable master, the public interest, I have tried to pay with all the candor, fairness, sincerity and authenticity I could summon to my assistance. I do not apologize for frankness. I should feel like apologizing for anything short of it.
With no idea of divesting myself of responsibility for the facts and opinions in this book, I should like to note my indebtedness to a number of friends who have generously given advice and help. Pages and sections telling of events of which they had first-hand knowledge were looked over by Arthur Ballantine, Elliott Thurston, Rex Tugwell, Herbert Bayard Swope, Arthur Dean, Averell Harriman and Vincent Astor. There were many others who must be nameless here who gave assistance unselfishly to the end that the record might be as accurate as possible. To Ernest Lindley and to Ralph Robey I am indebted for a careful reading and intelligent criticism of the entire manuscript. Dorothy Woolf, of the staff of Newsweek, assisted in the . . .