Cuban Connection Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution

ISBN-10: 0807831751

ISBN-13: 9780807831755

Edition: 2009

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A comprehensive history of crime and corruption in Cuba,The Cuban Connectionchallenges the common view that widespread poverty and geographic proximity to the United States were the prime reasons for soaring rates of drug trafficking, smuggling, gambling, and prostitution in the tumultuous decades preceding the Cuban revolution. Eduardo Senz Rovner argues that Cuba's historically well-established integration into international migration, commerce, and transportation networks combined with political instability and rampant official corruption to help lay the foundation for the development of organized crime structures powerful enough to affect Cuba's domestic and foreign politics and its very identity as a nation. Senz traces the routes taken around the world by traffickers and smugglers. After Cuba, the most important player in this story is the United States. The involvement of gangsters and corrupt U.S. officials and businessmen enabled prohibited substances to reach a strong market in the United States, from rum running during Prohibition to increased demand for narcotics during the Cold War. Originally published in Colombia in 2005, this first English-language edition has been revised and updated by the author.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 1/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Eduardo Saenz Rovner is professor of history at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. He is author or editor of six other books published in Colombia.

Russ Davidson is curator emeritus of Latin American and Iberian collections and professor emeritus of librarianship at the University of New Mexico.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
U.S. Prohibition and Smuggling from Cuba
Drug Trafficking and Political Anarchy during the 1930s
The Chinese and Opium Consumption in Cuba
Corruption and Drug Trafficking in Cuba during the Second World War and the Early Postwar Years
Lucky Luciano in Cuba
The Prio Socarras Government and Drug Trafficking
Gambling in Cuba
The Andean Connection
Contacts in France
The Batista Dictatorship and Drug Trafficking
Revolution
The Diplomacy of Drug Trafficking at the Beginning of the Revolution
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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