The Americas: We Are the Victors

"I surprised you," chuckled the fifth passenger to step from the Russian TU-114 turboprop at the end of its regular Moscow-Havana run. He certainly did. As secretly as he left, Fidel Castro had finally returned from his five-week visit to the Soviet Union. Still grinning, he went to an airport phone, waited as an aide dialed puppet President Osvaldo Dorticos, then stepped up and wrapped a handkerchief around the mouthpiece. "Dorticos!" he shouted. "This is Fidel speaking from Tbilisi." Then he gave up the game: "I am at the airport. I just arrived on the TU." With that, El...

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