Chester Bowles: New Dealer in the Cold War

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Chester Bowles: New Dealer in the Cold War

By Howard B. Schaffer
Harvard University Press, 1993
373 pp. $29.95
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Chester Bowles was the number-two man in the State Department when he made the mistake of telling Jack Kennedy the Bay of Pigs operation would fail and then compounded his mistake by reminding Kennedy after the debacle. That "I told you so" cost him his job and brought to an end a long and distinguished career in public service, which included stints as ambassador to India (twice), governor of Connecticut and member of Congress. The author, a retired Foreign Service officer, tells Bowles' story with sympathy and in considerably more detail than necessary.

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