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

Paperback | June 9, 2009

byT. J. English

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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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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, la...

T.J. English is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofHavana Nocturne,Paddy Whacked,The Westies, andBorn to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. His screenwriting credits include TV episodes ofNYPD BlueandHomicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:June 9, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061712744

ISBN - 13:9780061712746

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“All the razzle-dazzle is here—Sinatra, the black sedans, the showgirls—but English goes further, to show how gangsterismo permeated the politics of Cuba and influenced its destiny.”