THE REVOLUTION OF THE SERGEANTS
". . .ALL MILITARY OFFICERS have been removed and a Sergeant named Batista has been installed as Chief of Staff. . . ." was the surprising message the Department of State in Washington received from its Ambassador in Havana at 8 a.m., September 5, 1933.
Edmund A. Chester, in his book A Sergeant Named Batista, has said:*
"For some months before the downfall of Machado, the Sergeant was a very busy young man. He continued to act as court stenographer at the military trials of the Machado opposition and, being a good observer and revolutionary, he was disturbed by what he saw and heard in these sessions.**
"Sgt. Batista had a personal economic problem in those days of depression. He handled a few real estate transactions and he became a small business man in fruits and vegetables and the manager of a farm. He took a job teaching nights at an academy in Havana, and he earned extra income from tutoring the children of Army officers. He also taught some commercial subjects at the Milanés School.____________________