20
THE "PRIME MINISTER" AT HIS PEAK

The Taft who helped President Eisenhower to obtain a handsome Senate confirmation of his choice of a pro- Yalta emissary to Moscow, Charles E. Bohlen, was acting with a personal generosity not untouched by a passion for Republican order.

This Taft had succeeded within less than a month another Taft-a Taft determined not to let the President dim the favorite old Republican campaign issue, "Yalta." The Senator easily forgave Bohlen; fairly easily he forgave President Eisenhower for making the appointment. But Yalta he never forgave, and President Eisenhower he never allowed to forget that this was so.

On February 2, 1953, the President, in his State of the Union message, had denounced the "enslavement" of free peoples by secret agreements and had declared: "I shall ask the Congress at a later date to join in an appropriate resolution making clear that this Government recognizes no kind of commitment contained in secret understandings of the past which permit this kind of enslavement."

While the Democrats sat looking most uncomfortable, the Republicans of both Houses of Congress, assembled in the

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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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