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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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Violence Victorious: Ambassador Smith Meets the Rebellion

Violence Victorious: Ambassador Smith Meets the Rebellion

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(p.90) 8 Violence Victorious: Ambassador Smith Meets the Rebellion
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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/9780195101201.003.0009

Given the violence surrounding Cuba and the unpretty image of the Batista administration, Havana seemed to ward off dignitary candidates that were to succeed Ambassador Gardner. The Eisenhower administration nominated Charles “Chip” Bohlen, a Foreign Service Officer and a former ambassador to the Soviet Union, but he went instead to the Philippines, to handle sticky questions on U.S. bases and insurgency. H. Freeman Matthews, another great diplomat and then ambassador to the Netherlands, seemed a potential recruit, but he rejected the offer. The post was then offered to Thomas A. Pappas, a company executive. President Eisenhower called up his brother Milton, president of John Hopkins University and a specialist in Latin America. Then the president tapped Earl E. T. Smith.

Keywords:   Cuba, Batista, Charles Chip Bohlen, H. Freeman Matthews, Thomas A. Pappas, Earl E. T. Smith

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