National Affairs: Quiet Man

George Venable Allen, 44, one of the ablest of U.S. career diplomats, took on his toughest assignment last week. Fresh from a two-year stint as Ambassador to Iran, he was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs—i.e., chief of U.S. propaganda.

Unlike his predecessor, glib, huckster-handed William Benton, George Allen* is quiet and undramatic. But he is no softie. In Iran, he not only acquired a thorough, first-hand knowledge of U.S.S.R. pressure techniques, but demonstrated firmness in dealing with them.

In his new job, Allen would have the chance to use those talents to the full. He had been called...

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