A comparative history of US and Soviet policy toward Fidel Castro in the Kennedy-Khrushchev era. Uses documents from the KGB archives to explore the evolution of Soviet-Cuban relations and Soviet decision-making surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. Compares Soviet behavior and policy to US and Cuban actions to elucidate the effect that each state had on the others. Analyzes intelligence available to each state in order to examine the psychology of decision-making. Assesses the differences in the strategic cultures.