The United States, Cuba, and Castro: An Essay on the Dynamics of Revolution and the Dissolution of Empire

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Acknowledgement

As anyone who has made the effort knows, serious research in contemporary history involves an extensive and subtle knowledge of many official and private publications. Very few, if any, writers possess such familiarity with all these sources.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to Miss Ruth Davis of the Wisconsin State Historical Society for her help in meeting and solving this problem. Much of her assistance, probably the most important part, has come over a period of years through her gentle yet rigorous tutoring in how to find important pieces of evidence in unsuspected places in the relatively unexploited terrain of government publications. She is the best guide I have ever known. But she has also made countless independent suggestions of a wonderfully perceptive character which led on to important information. And her unconquerable good humor and perkiness have saved many a day from being lost to the discouragement and even boredom that are the occupational hazards of sustained research.

It is with affection and respect that I thank her publicly for her significant contributions to my work.

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