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

ISBN-10: 0061147710

ISBN-13: 9780061147715

Edition: 2008

Authors: T. J. English

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In modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere-the old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars, and flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar and often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T. J. English offers a riveting, multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution, and international conflict that interweaves the dual stories of the Mob in Havana and the event that would overshadow it, the Cuban Revolution. As the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the 1950s, Mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano turned their eye to Havana. To them, Cuba was the ultimate dream, the greatest hope for the future of the American Mob in the post-Prohibition years of intensified government crackdowns. But when it came time to make their move, it was Lansky, the brilliant Jewish mobster, who reigned supreme. Having cultivated strong ties with the Cuban government and in particular the brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista, Lansky brought key mobsters to Havana to put his ambitious business plans in motion. Before long, the Mob, with Batista's corrupt government in its pocket, owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos in Havana, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, the world's biggest celebrities, the most beautiful women, and gambling galore. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who would lead the country's disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government and its foreign partners-an epic cultural battle that English captures in all its sexy, decadent, ugly glory. Bringing together long-buried historical information with English's own research in Havana-including interviews with the era's key survivors-Havana Nocturne takes readers back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders. English deftly weaves together the parallel stories of the Havana Mob-featuring notorious criminals such as Santo Trafficante Jr. and Albert Anastasia-and Castro's 26th of July Movement in a riveting, up-close look at how the Mob nearly attained its biggest dream in Havana-and how Fidel Castro trumped it all with the Cuban Revolution.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

T.J. English's first work in the genre known as "True Crime" was The Westies: Inside the Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob, published in 1990. It was later adapted into a film called State of Grace starring Sean Penn. His second work, Born to Kill: America's Most Notorious Vietnamese Gang, and the Changing Face of Organized Crime (1995) was nominated for both an Anthony Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best "True Crime" in 1996. Prior to becoming a nonfiction writer focusing on gangs and organized crime, English was a journalist writing for the Irish Voice during the police investigation and subsequent trial of those same members of the Hell's Kitchen mob who were the focus of his first nonfiction work. English, who was born in 1957, continues to do extensive research and write.

Introduction
Mobster Mambo
Feeling Lucky
The Mob's Playground
El Judio Maravilloso (The Marvelous Jew)
Well-Charactered People
Razzle-Dazzle
The Ghost of Jose Marti
Gambler's Paradise
La Enganadora (the Deceiver)
Arrivederci, Roma
A Bullet for El Presidente
Carnival of Flesh
Tropical Vengeance
A Handmade Woman
The Sun Almost Rises
"Get the Money"
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Notes
Sources
Index
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