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History's Turning Points Often Go Unnoticed

By David Shribman - July 18, 2010

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Franklin Roosevelt didn't want to fight the Vietnam War. He wasn't, of course, alive when American troops began to trickle into Indochina, and his grasp of the tensions with Soviet Russia that would mature into the Cold War was not fully formed. Indeed, toward the end of World War II, he cut out Winston Churchill so as to confer with Joseph Stalin privately. But from July 1944 through the early...

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