Using recently declassified documents, Messer traces Byrnes's
performance from the Yalta Conference through the postwar dealings
with the Soviet Union. He sees the failure of the Soviet-American
collaboration to continue into the postwar years as the result of
several unrelated events--the struggle between Byrnes and Truman to
become Roosevelt's successor in 1944, Roosevelt's use of Byrnes as
his Yalta salesman," and Byrnes's distorted view of the Yalta
Originally published in 1982.
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