Lead: Between the two Cuban Revolutions, Martí to Castro, the nation struggled for economic and political freedom. Hovering over this period like some malignant cloud was the corrupt influence of Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Other than stability honed from brutal tactics and corrupt practices, history simply cannot accord Fulgencio Batista anything approaching socially or politically beneficial influence. Even as the Castro Revolution revealed its true nature, its Marxist character and its own level of brutality and corruption, few Cubans looked back with longing at the decades of Batista rule.

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