This tightly controlled, yet revealing, volume is the work of an advocate, not a scholar. As a teenager in Havana in the late 1950s, Fabián Escalante Font joined the youth wing of the Popular Socialist (Communist) Party and was jailed for revolutionary activity by the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. After the triumph of the revolution in 1959, Escalante earned a university degree and embarked on a career in the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). He specialized in intelligence and, in 1976, was named chief of the Directorate of State Security. In that capacity he cooperated, under orders from the Cuban government, with the Select Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in investigating, in 1978, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Escalante transferred to the powerful Ministry of the Interior (MININT) under Division General José Abrantes in 1982, becoming chief of MININT’s Political Directorate. With Abrantes’s patronage, Escalante rose to the...

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