When I began to keep an accurate file of data through which I could refer to the unfortunate events in my country, I did not plan to write a book. Living in exile with few sources of material available, I planned a pamphlet that would make clear the workings of the Anarcho-Communist process which destroyed the tranquillity and the well-being of the Cuban family. Meanwhile, I have continued to accumulate newspapers, magazines, statistical reports, books and pamphlets, with the further aim of publishing a book describing the extensive achievements of my administration. Later on I will publish my memoirs; this could not be done now, as writing about the incidents and historical events intimately connected with an author's life should be composed in calm and serenity.
What makes the autobiographical genre interesting, apart from the events in which the author has been active, is the relationship between the principal and the idiosyncrasies, morale and human qualities of the men around him. The anecdotes and the incidents stemming from the conduct of these people are other aspects which, upon revealing their personalities, complete the panorama. In the political life of a people, frequently, one finds oddly endowed specimens who jump into the triumphal chariot and enjoy the fruits of their successes, but who manage to find another secure spot at the moment when the eclipse of the sun which gave them warmth seems imminent.