Bernard Baruch (1870 - 1965) was a major player in FDR's cabinet; during the Second World War he served that president as a respected adviser concerning many matters economic. Shortly after this YANK MAGAZINE interview, during the Truman Administration, he was appointed to serve as the first U.S. Representative on the U.N Atomic Energy Commission. He played a roll in the planning of Post-World War II America, and for that reason he was interviewed by a G.I. reporter so the inquiring readers of YANK could get a sense of what to expect when they reached home. Baruch predicted a booming economy at war's end, while many others erroneously expected an economic slump and a crime wave, brought on by millions of demobilized soldiers.
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