Havana Nocturne

Havana Nocturne

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

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [publisher not identified],, 2009.
ISBN: 9780061795589
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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jkwarneke
May 30, 2015

Very well researched and written account of the development of Havana as the gambling mecca in the post WWII years, along with the history of Cuba and the lead up to the revolution. US involvement was all over the place, at one time supporting Fidel and other times dictator Batista. A good read, would have made a good novel if not factual.

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prabhjitb
Feb 06, 2012

Cuba prior to Castro. It gives a great account of why the US has avoided involvement in Cuba for 50 years, how Batista ruled Cuba and Castro took control, and how the Mafia nearly rose to power internationally. Great read and tidbit about John F. Kennedy before he became President is why this book is fun to read.

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marishkajuko
Jul 12, 2011

Great overview of the Havana Mob and Castro's Revolution - a quick read and you don't need to know much about either the mafia or the revolution to understand and enjoy the story.

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