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Nathaniel Weyl

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  1. This response is my best memory of long forgotten events. I believe that the way I WAS CASTRO'S PRISONER was written was for JM to come to my house and relate what he recalled of his prison ordeal in my presence and on tape and also to send me taped or typed manuscript for editing. I didn't keep any of this material. A year or so later, Bill Pawley asked me to help him throw together material for his bio. I would come down to his office and spend mornings with him on the job with full access to his files, but have no memory of anything being taped. This project, for reasons I have forgott
  2. This response is my best memory of long forgotten events. I believe that the way I WAS CASTRO'S PRISONER was written was for JM to come to my house and relate what he recalled of his prison ordeal in my presence and on tape and also to send me taped or typed manuscript for editing. I didn't keep any of this material. A year or so later, Bill Pawley asked me to help him throw together material for his bio. I would come down to his office and spend mornings with him on the job with full access to his files, but have no memory of anything being taped. This project, for reasons I have forgott
  3. The Attempt to Remove Fidel Castro from Power: A Personal History One morning early in 1960, we were reading the New York Times in bed when I happened to glance through a speech by the new dictator of Cuba. I knew very little about Fidel Castro beyond the fact that he was being portrayed as a reincarnation of Robin Hood (or was it Abraham Lincoln?) in the lyrical prose of Times correspondent Herbert L. Matthews. I asked Sylvia (my wife) to read the Castro harangue. We both concluded that it seemed to be the product of an indoctrinated Communist. What if Castro was a Soviet agent? I thought t
  4. The Attempt to Remove Fidel Castro from Power: A Personal History
  5. I have had nothing to do with the Latin American political scene, Cuba or rehashing of my aborted partipation in Operation Bayo for several decades. Hence, my replies to member queries are almost always negative. The first query was whether I had any dealings with any of 10 people, beginning with George Smathers. I met Smathers once; went to his office, as I recollect at his request. and had a talk about the collapse of the Bay of Pigs invasion and what action we thought JFK should take. Smathers said he had pressed JFK to read my book Red Star, but the President was apparently too busy. S
  6. I have had nothing to do with the Latin American political scene, Cuba or rehashing of my aborted partipation in Operation Bayo for several decades. Hence, my replies to member queries are almost always negative. The first query was whether I had any dealings with any of 10 people, beginning with George Smathers. I met Smathers once; went to his office, as I recollect at his request. and had a talk about the collapse of the Bay of Pigs invasion and what action we thought JFK should take. Smathers said he had pressed JFK to read my book Red Star, but the President was apparently too busy. S
  7. I have had nothing to do with the Latin American political scene, Cuba or rehashing of my aborted partipation in Operation Bayo for several decades. Hence, my replies to member queries are almost always negative. The first query was whether I had any dealings with any of 10 people, beginning with George Smathers. I met Smathers once; went to his office, as I recollect at his request. and had a talk about the collapse of the Bay of Pigs invasion and what action we thought JFK should take. Smathers said he had pressed JFK to read my book Red Star, but the President was apparently too busy. S
  8. Say it's post-Stalin, hence no Gulag or other abomination. WORST: No freedom to say and write what one believes; a warped world view from politicalization of the media; intellectuals must be dishonest or silent to survive; economic stagnation (the more modern the tech basis, the lower GDP and the more stagnation), corruption of the intelligentsia if its members want to prosper. BEST THINGS: Sense of community; idealism within communist cadres; concern with exploited and abandoned underclass.
  9. Here are answers to your queries. (1) BAYO AFFAIR AND JFK ASSASSINATION. No linkage at all. Why should any sane man who planned a presidential assassination start with a high-risk attempt to kill the Cuban dictator? The theory seems to me nonsense. (2) FREE CUBA COMMITTEE. Never a member, had nothing to do with them. Had never heard of Bethal, Bishop or Veciana prior to this correspondence. The anti-Castro people I dealt with were Hector de Lara, Emilion Nunez Portuondo, Carlos Marques Sterling, John Martino and Bill Pawley.
  10. His greatest achievement? First, not to yield to the advice of ideologues and to pull us off the train to nuclear war. Second, the Peace Corps.
  11. Would he have been re-elected? I think so by a substantial majority. He had won worldwide stature and was admired at home as a strong leader who also believed in world peace. The Republican Party was badly split. Yet there was a great deal of opposition, and, yes, hatred, of the young President. This vanished like mist after his assassination. I recall we heard the first radio reports driving to the Boca Raton public school to pick up our twins. As I opened the car door, I heard the anouncement that the President is dead and a second or two later a voice from another car, "well, somebody
  12. That was on Harry Truman's watch, not JFK's. HST was determined to do all that he could to prevent cold war crises from escalating into a global war. The only thing I know about this crisis that isn't public knowledge is something Bill Pawley told me. Because of his strong opposition to Fidel Castro, Pawley is portrayed by the left as some sort of arch reactionary, which is, of course, a misepresentation of the facts. Pawley was close enough to FDR to be given covert presidential authority to go to US air bases shortly before Pearl Harbor and recruit young American flight officers to serve as
  13. I am not able to give you more than personal impressions. Personally, I assumed that he was promiscuous based on a great deal of informed gossip. I assume that journalists assigned to Washington must have know a lot more than I did about the matter since I was not much interested in knowing whom he slept with and tended to feel that this was a private matter. I don't think that I heard the name MM at the time but am not sure. I believe the press left this area alone for several reasons: they liked JFK; there was more respect for privacy in sex lives, if they were heterosexual, then than n
  14. He is, I believe, regarded by the public as our greatest President. This judgment is partly based on the tragic circumstances of his assassination, on the glamor he and his family exuded and on the fact that he inspired the youth of the world in sharp contrast to the impact of George W. Bush. Many historians, I believe most, feel that his public reputation is not validated by the facts and that his durable achievements are few. His reputation was on the rise when I last looked at opinion polls 2 or 3 years back. I don't know whether this trend has continued or not.
  15. He is, I believe, regarded by the public as our greatest President. This judgment is partly based on the tragic circumstances of his assassination, on the glamor he and his family exuded and on the fact that he inspired the youth of the world in sharp contrast to the impact of George W. Bush. Many historians, I believe most, feel that his public reputation is not validated by the facts and that his durable achievements are few. His reputation was on the rise when I last looked at opinion polls 2 or 3 years back. I don't know whether this trend has continued or not.
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