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Lovett counters arguments that the Marshall Plan was formulated to keep the Russians out and to subjugate the economies of Western Europe. He discusses his relationship with Marshall and an incident when Truman called to say that Marshall wanted him to be his Under Secretary (of State). Lovett talks about the end of the war in the Pacific and Marshall’s involvement in the decision to drop the atomic bomb. He discusses his and Marshall’s efforts to reorganize the decision-making process in the State Department. He discusses Marshall’s role in the removal of MacArthur and in the Berlin airlift.
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Forest Pogue recorded audio of this interview. The original tape and a digitized version are available from the George C. Marshall Research Library. Please contact the library to obtain a copy.