Cuba: Recipe for Crisis

It was almost 1 1 p.m. when the unmarked speedboat dropped anchor 100 ft. off the Cuban coast near Havana.

Working quickly and silently, the six crew members inflated a rubber raft, slipped it into the chilly black waters, and loaded in two small suitcases crammed with two submachine guns, three pistols, a carbine, four hand grenades and ten blocks of explosives. Then four of the six crew members jumped aboard and pushed off for the rocky Cuban coast.

The man in charge was Antonio de la Cuesta Valle, 38, the surest and shrewdest of the anti-Castro exiles now actively trying...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!