CUBA: Caught in a War

Up in the hills of eastern Cuba, 50 U.S. and Canadian citizens were caught—some to their own amusement—in the middle of the war between Rebel Fidel Castro and Dictator Fulgencio Batista. Their captor and genial host: Raúl Castro, Fidel's younger brother, who was mistakenly convinced that the U.S. is arming Batista. Wishing to teach Washington a lesson, young Castro decided to kidnap Americans wholesale from the neighboring sugar mills and nickel mines, and from among the personnel of the U.S. Guantanamo naval base. But he was also at pains to let his...