The Cuban Story

The Cuban Story

The Cuban Story

The Cuban Story

Excerpt

JOURNALISTS RARELY make history. This is not our function. We are the chroniclers of our times; at best we provide material for history.

It was an accident that my interview with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra on February 17, 1957, should have proved so important. There was a story to be got, a censorship to be broken. I got it and I did it-and it so happens that neither Cuba nor the United States is going to be the same again.

I am not accepting, for myself or for The New York Times , either blame or credit for having started Fidel Castro on his meteoric rise to fame and power. He was a man of destiny who would somehow have made his mark, sooner or later. Cuba was ripe for revolution.

The United States had a reckoning to pay for past policies. What Adlai Stevenson had called "the revolution of rising expectations" was exerting dangerous pressures . . .

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