CUBA: A Job at the Palace

The polls closed promptly at 6 p.m. By 7:15, smiling, handsome Carlos Prio Socarras had heard enough of the returns to know that he would be Cuba's next President. He left the Havana headquarters of the Auténtico Party, hustled home to change his guayabera (sport shirt) and slacks for a white linen suit. Then he rode off to the presidential palace in a horn-tooting, placard-plastered motorcade.

In his second-floor office, President Ramón Grau San Martin gave his ex-student and fellow revolutionary a heartfelt Latin abrazo. "I've said it many times before and I repeat it now," said Grau, "Prio...

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