The World: Changing the Guard

The newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Saigon rather resembles his predecessor—tall, spare, white-haired, with a patrician bearing that exudes authority. There the resemblance ends. While the retiring Ellsworth Bunker has a genial courtliness that enables him to get along with almost anyone, Graham Martin is aloof, tough and taciturn—so much so that he has alienated many people. Nonetheless, both friends and critics agree that Martin is well suited for the hard job ahead of him.

Martin's strongest assets are his acutely sensitive political antennae, which can detect and analyze the most byzantine political situations, and an iron determination to see Government policy...

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