December 12, 2009

Chapter 5: The Diplomat

Pawley is appointed by President Truman as Ambassador to Peru, where his assistant is future CIA Deputy Director during Watergate, Vernon Walters. Pawley then becomes Ambassador to Brazil, which he feels has great oil production potential that should be exploited by Standard Oil. He ingratiates himself to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Pawley makes it his mission to fight communism in Latin America and questions the loyalty of U.S. Ambassador Spruille Braden. When a young Robert F. Kennedy visits Latin America, Pawley plays host to him. Stomach problems eventually lead Pawley to consider leaving his post.