The Hemisphere: This Man Castro

By ponyback down a precipitous trail in Cuba's eastern Sierra Maestra, TIME Contributing Editor Sam Halper last week brought out a dispatch on Rebel Commander Fidel Castro's personality, plans and politics:

Well after dark, in a thundering rain, the rebels' jeep stopped in front of a big, wooden-walled barn with a palm-thatched roof. I hurried inside and blinked at an extraordinary scene: an old woman tending grandchildren, rebel troops milling around, guitarists strumming, and under a dim kerosene lamp, rocking in a chair, surrounded by kids seated on upturned 5-gal. cans, the bearded Rebel...

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