Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba…and Then Lost It to the Revolution

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - True Crime - 432 pages
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To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba was the greatest hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years. In the 1950s, the Mob—with the corrupt, repressive government of brutal Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in its pocket—owned Havana's biggest luxury hotels and casinos, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, top-drawer celebrities, gorgeous women, and gambling galore. But Mob dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who would lead an uprising of the country's disenfranchised against Batista's hated government and its foreign partners—an epic cultural battle that bestselling author T. J. English captures here in all its sexy, decadent, ugly glory.

 

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Following the success of his previous mob histories, Paddy Whacked and The Westies, English relates the rise and fall of the mob in Havana, from the early days of Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano to the ... Read full review

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It is nice that Mr. English can make money telling lies about the ancestors of innocent folks.

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Contents

MOBSTER M A M B
3
THE MArvELoUS JEW
51
LA ENGAñAdORA THE dECEIVER
159
TroPICAL vENgEANCE
226
A HANDMADE WoMAN
247
THE SUN ALMoST rISES
268
gET THE MoNEY
289
EPILogUE
321
APPENDIx
335
SoUrCES
369
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T. J. English is a noted journalist, a screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City, as well as of The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Vanity Fair, Playboy, and Esquire, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes of the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

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