The True Story of the Last Cuban Diplomat to the U.S.

Cuban soldiers bearing their national flag / AP

As a kid, Sergio Florez remembers a lot of interesting company coming over for dinner in their New York City home. The conversations were peppered with references to international affairs, Fidel Castro, and Cuba.

Florez’s father, Armando, was a former Cuban diplomat to the United States, Belgium, India, and Czechoslovakia who later defected to America and became a vocal critic of the Castro regime.