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Army Politics in Cuba, 1898-1958
Army Politics in Cuba, 1898-1958
By Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976, 240 pp.

This welcome work fills the need for a serious analysis of the Cuban military in pre-Castro times. The author traces the origins of the army as the protector of the stability sought by the United States, the useful functions performed by the early Batista army, the subsequent decline of its purpose and legitimacy, and its eventual alienation from the true national interest.