December 12, 2009

Chapter 8: The Bogotázo

William Pawley organizes the Ninth Conference of the Inter-American States in Bogotá where riots, led by Fidel Castro, break out, endangering the life of General Marshall and other attendees. The Bogotázo was called “The Pearl Harbor of Latin America” and Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, Director of Central Intelligence, is called before Congress to answer why his newly formed agency had not seen it coming. The New York Times criticizes Pawley’s claims of conference success.