Since its victory over the US-backed dictator Batista in 1959, the Cuban revolution has had a profound impact on world politics, far out of proportion to the size of the country. the reason is that under its new leadership team around Fidel Castro, Cuba embarked on bold and radical solutions to the grinding misery and backwardness that gripped the country. The Cuban revolutionaries have caught the imagination of radicals the world over and have inspired others, especially in Latin America, to follow their example. This 1984 document of the Democratic Socialist is not a history of the Cuban revolution but an analysis of it from a socialist standpoint. It pinpoints the key features of the revolution and the lessons Marxists can draw from it.