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

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0019
Batista Dismissed: Pawley’s Plot and Smith’s Blow

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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

Chapter.  4241 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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