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Dave Wood's Book Report, Dec. 27, 2006

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Here's a book to settle down in and read while the fire crackles at your side. It's "Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War," by Robert Beisner (Oxford University Press, $35).

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I grew up reading about Truman's Secretary of State and always like his mustache. He was a natty guy, like his boss, only nattier. Beisner's new book is fascinating because he goes behind the scenes to show how this east coast aristocrat got along with Truman, the ploughjckey from Missouri.

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