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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Batista Dismissed: Pawley’s Plot and Smith’s Blow

Batista Dismissed: Pawley’s Plot and Smith’s Blow

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(p.206) 18 Batista Dismissed: Pawley’s Plot and Smith’s Blow
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0019

William D. Pawley had no hesitation about how to stop Fidel Castro's run. He went directly to President Eisenhower to make his case. This Florida businessman, who had investments in Cuba, opposed the arms shipment suspension to the Batista administration. He warned the president in private Washington meetings that Castro would strangle Cuba with communism. Now Pawley, whose passion was on salesmanship and adventure, pushed a strong plan to avoid the success of Fidel Castro.

Keywords:   William D. Pawley, Fidel Castro, Eisenhower, Florida, communism

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