Havana Nocturne by T. J. English
How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution

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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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T.J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked, as well as The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Esquire, Playboy, and New York magazine, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes for the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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“Luciano was in Cuba,” writes English, “and the Mob was on the move.” Cuba was to become an offshore base for a new kind of organized crime, one that Lansky and Luciano had been working on for years, appealing as always to personal vice but with a sleeker veneer.

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Empowered by permissive gambling laws and payoffs to dictator Fulgencio Batista, the Mafia poured millions into posh hotels, casinos and nightclubs, skimmed huge profits and sought to make Havana its financial headquarters.

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Havana Nocturne: How The Mob Owned Cuba And Then Lost It To The Revolution, by T.J.

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Cellini reports, in his writing on painting about the same time, of how painters in general were the busiest people in the world.

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Between 1952 and 1959 Havana was a city of spectacular growth with dazzling casino and hotel development, tourist resorts, new highways and where the allure of organized gambling, fantastic nightclub acts and sexy beautiful women seduced many to invest, particularly the mob which at the time was ...

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