8
Rebels
in Power

FIDEL CASTRO AWOKE COMPLAINING. He was angry. He had spent New Year's Eve at the home of Ramón Ruiz, the chief engineer at the Central América, and he had planned to sleep late. But his rest had been disturbed by rifle shots. Members of the Rebel Army were celebrating the holiday. "Didn't you hear the shooting last night?" he demanded. He could think only of the expenditure of bullets. He received no answer. "One more celebration like that, and I won't have any ammunition left!" Walking back and forth, his shoulders hunched and his arms clasped behind his back, he inadvertently bumped into an army captain who had recently joined the rebels. The officer said: "Happy New Year." Still irritated, Castro asked: "You really think it will be happy, Captain?" Someone else replied: "This will be the year of victory." Castro smiled, but he was far from sanguine. "What I'm really sure of is that this year will be one of anxieties." The more victories, he said, the more responsibilities. He peered gravely at his men. "In 1957 we ate malangas. In 1958 we ate beef. And now in 1959 we shall be chewing on our anxieties." At that point Celia Sánchez interrupted with some letters for the rebel commander. The group dispersed as he went to breakfast. 1

Pardo Llada had his ear to the loudspeaker when the news of Batista's resignation came through from Havana. He hurried to the kitchen to tell Castro, who was digging happily into a heaping plate of chicken and rice. His chef hovered solicitously over him, bringing him coffee and bread. The rebel commander jumped to his feet, more indignant than pleased. "Where did you hear that?" he demanded. From Radio Progreso, said Pardo. Castro pulled on his beard and made an effort to restrain himself. Finally, he

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  • Fidel Castro *
  • Contents *
  • Preface *
  • 1: The Making of a Revolutionary *
  • 2: History Will Absolve Me *
  • 3: In Durance Vile *
  • 4: A Stranger in a Strange Land *
  • 5: The Sierra Maestra *
  • 6: The General Strike *
  • 7: The Rebel Victory *
  • 8: Rebels in Power *
  • 9: The Maximum Leader *
  • 10: Foreign Visitors *
  • 11: Cuba Yes! Yankees No! *
  • 12: The Bay of Pigs *
  • 13: A Conversion *
  • 14: The Smell of Burning *
  • 15: In the Land of the Giants *
  • 16: The Informer *
  • 17: The New Man *
  • 18: A Little Heresy *
  • 19: Death in a Small Hut *
  • 20: The Brezhnev-Castro Doctrine *
  • 21: Outside the Game *
  • 22: The F-1 Hybrid *
  • 23: Ten Million Tons *
  • 24: Poets and Prisoners *
  • 25: March of the Empty Pots *
  • 26: The World Traveler *
  • 27: A Door Slammed *
  • 28: Cuba in Africa *
  • 29: A Sea of Difficulties *
  • 30: Behold a Pale Horse *
  • Notes *
  • Index *
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