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THE NEW ALLIANCE

The inauguration in January, 1953, of General Eisenhower as the first Republican President in the twenty years since Herbert Hoover had gloomily left the White House was not Eisenhower's triumph alone. The President stood, of course, at the center of the stage, but highly prominent in the wings was the tired figure of Robert A. Taft. He was still unalterably ungainly but the long pressure of family and friends had at last succeeded to the extent that it could now be said that his suits no longer looked as though they had been slept in. They still looked as though they had been made for an absent-minded man, but now at least for Taft and not for a much smaller man. Still, the most passionate Taft apologist could not have called him a fashionable dresser and it is a great pleasure to report that this remained the case to the end.

The relationship between these two, Taft as the vanquished "old pro" of the professional section of the Republican party and President Eisenhower as the victorious amateur in the political art, was by this time correct but notably lacking in warmth. It might be said that a small part of Taft's complicated feeling toward President Eisenhower was about what Lord Alexander as an old combat officer

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  • Acknowledgments *
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  • I. the Fundamental Taft 1
  • 1 - Cincinnati Dynasty 3
  • 2 - Taft and Integrity 16
  • 3 - The Background of Shelter 28
  • 4 - Taft and the Constitution 41
  • Ii. Taft in Responsibility and Irresponsibility 53
  • 5 - Onset of the Power and the Glory 55
  • 6 - Taft-Hartley, the Masterwork 66
  • 7 - The Sad, Worst Period 80
  • 8 - Return from Ohio 93
  • 9 - Taft and the Two Gop's 106
  • 10 - Crisis of 1948 116
  • Iii. Taft and Foreign Policy 129
  • 11 - The Last Speech 131
  • 12 - On War and Peace 143
  • 13 - "Soft" in Europe; "Hard" in Asia 156
  • Iv. the Last, Best Taft 169
  • 14 - The Defeat That Led to the Victory 171
  • 15 - Morningside "Surrender" 184
  • 16 - The Senate Man 195
  • 17 - The New Alliance 206
  • 18 - To Make the Administration Work 218
  • 19 - Clean Bill for Bohlen 230
  • 20 - The "Prime Minister" at His Peak 242
  • 21 - The Political Last Testament 253
  • 22 - The Illness and the Death 263
  • Postscript and Now, the Future 273
  • Index 283
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