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A Complete Break: How Did the United States Let This One Get Away?

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0022
A Complete Break: How Did the United States Let This One Get Away?

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The U.S. Embassy stated in January 1959: “Fidel Castro clearly established himself as the dominant military and political figure in the revolution.” As U.S. government officials are pondering what Fidel Castro would do next, normal hegemonic assumptions guided their observations. U.S. dignitaries observed Castro being restless, headstrong, opportunistic, and motivated by an “undeviating urge for fame and political power.” Embassy diplomat Daniel Braddock stated: “Castro has taken Cuba by storm.”

Keywords: Fidel Castro; Daniel Braddock; Cuba; military figure; political figure

Chapter.  6074 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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