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By John L. Helgerson

This can be a huge and unique ebook. How global leaders comprehend or misunderstand, use or fail to exploit, the intelligence on hand to them is a vital yet nonetheless under-researched point either one of sleek govt and of diplomacy. The making of the yankee intelligence group has remodeled the presidency of the United States

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One innovation that was begun in the early Eisenhower years and continued throughout his administration was the practice of cabling a daily intelligence report to the President while he was traveling abroad. That practice has continued to the present. Briefing Governor Stevenson in 1952 During the 1952 presidential campaign, it proved considerably easier to arrange briefings of Govenor Adlai Stevenson than it was to arrange the briefings of Eisenhower. For a start, the Governor accepted President Truman's invitation to lunch and an initial round of discussions on 19 August at the White House.

7] Meredith Davidson, interviews by the author in Frederick, Maryland, 26 March and 25 October 1993. Unless otherwise indicated, the numerous references that follow concerning Davidson's briefings of Stevenson and Eisenhower come from these interviews. [8] Walter Bedell Smith, Memorandum for the President, 9 January 1953. , 1963), p. 85. [10] The New York Times, 19 November 1952, pp. 1, 18. [11] Harry Truman telegram to Dwight Eisenhower, 14 August 1952. A similar telegram was sent to Adlai Stevenson.

Ironically, they reached Eisenhower's office in the Commodore Hotel for an afternoon appointment that had been wedged into a day filled with a dozen other well-publicized visitors. Smith and Davidson were waiting in an outer office as a luncheon group hosted by Eisenhower broke up. Smith was surprised to see Gen. William Donovan, the founder of the Office of Strategic Services, among those leaving the General's office. Because the President-elect had requested Smith's frank and personal assessment of the situation in Korea, the two generals were alone for most of the briefing session.

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