CUBA: Evolution of a Dictator

When the polls opened at 7 a.m., no one in Cuba or outside believed that this would be more than a rubber-stamp election. The Government candidates had everything. They were backed by President Fulgencio Batista, Cuba's boss for more than a decade, by the Army, the public job holders and their families, by a juicy campaign fund. Wiseacres put their money (wagers ran as high as $100,000) on the Government ticket to win, one way or another.

But Fulgencio Batista, who had come up from rags to the riches of the Presidential Palace, astonished everybody, apparently including himself. The Army...

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