American political advisor served as White House Counsel in Washington DC, US, 1946-1950; served as Chairman of the Presidentâ€™s Intelligence Advisory Board in Washington DC, US, 1963-1968
REEL 1 Recollections of period as White House Counsel in Washington DC, US, 1946-1950: background to President Harry Trumanâ€™s invitation to Winston Churchill to speak at Fulton, Missouri, 3/1946; description of train journey from Washington DC to Fulton; President Harry Trumanâ€™s reaction to Winston Churchillâ€™s â€˜Iron Curtainâ€™ speech; preparation of Clifford-Elsey Report for President Harry Truman and his response; President Harry Trumanâ€™s reaction to British withdrawal from aiding Greece and Turkey, 3/1946; reception to and preparation of President Harry Trumanâ€™s â€˜Truman Doctrineâ€™ speech; background to introduction of Marshall Plan; reaction of General George Marshall to recognition of state of Israel, 1948; President Harry Trumanâ€™s reaction to Berlin Blockade, 1948.
REEL 2 Continues: initial advice to send heavily armoured convoy to Berlin rejected by President Harry Truman; effect of lifting of blockade, 1949; President Harry Truman attitude towards McCarthyism; Joseph McCarthyâ€™s attacks on General George Marshall and Dean Acheson. Aspects of period as Chairman of the Presidentâ€™s Intelligence Advisory Board in Washington DC, US, 1963-1968: his attitude towards sending American ground troops to Vietnam, 1965; subsequent meeting with President Lyndon B Johnson at Camp David and presidentâ€™s decision to send troops to Vietnam, 1965; question lack of military plan to win war in Vietnam; effect of North Vietnamese Tet Offensive on American popular opinion, 1/1968; change in views of presidential advisors after Tet Offensive, 1/1968.
REEL 3 Continues: reasons for President Lyndon B Johnson not seeking re-election, 1968; question of necessity of Cold War; question of worst moment of Cold War; importance of â€˜Truman Doctrineâ€™ to Cold War; effects of the Cold War; reputation of President Harry Truman.