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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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

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

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Contesting Castro

Thomas G. Paterson

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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

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