The writer of this singular book was the Cuban Minister of the Treasury from the beginning of January, 1959, to the middle of March, 1960. Seven months after that, he fled to Florida and from there to Puerto Rico to avoid arrest for his anti-Castro activities. It would be quite foolish to expect his account of the period to be, in any sense, objective. Under the sponsorship of Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, and with the collaboration of two American anti-Castroites--Melanie and Irving Pflaum--Sr. Lopez-Fresquet has authored a book that is not meant to persuade but merely to reinforce previous convictions. Still, and despite the unrelieved portrait of Fidel Castro as ""a freak... produced by immorality, cynicism, and irresponsibility,"" this is not hysterical reactionary cant. Given Sr. Lopez-Fresquet's conservative, pro-U.S. viewpoint, it is in fact a fairly calm, if scarcely comprehensive, version of the crowded events of that first, swift year in post-Batista Cuba. Also, whether or not we accept the forecast of a successful ""Putsch-type action or coup d'etat"" within ""the next several months,"" it is an inside version of the Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo (MRP), the underground organization of which Lopez-Fresquet was a co-founder, and of the whole ""respectable"" wing of the Cuban counter-revolutionary element.