Foreign Relations: A Matter of Money

From the moment that former Army General James ("Slim Jim") Gavin assumed his duties as U.S. Ambassador to France last year, he came under snipers' fire at home and abroad. He did not speak French and did not know diplomacy, they said. As a World War II paratroop commander, a major general at 37, the Army's chief of Research and Development at 48, he was a contentious man who had quit the Army in 1958 because his views were rejected. How could such a man tiptoe among diplomats? Thus when Gavin's resignation...

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