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

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

byT. J. English

Paperback | June 9, 2009

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In modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere—old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars & flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar & often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T.J. English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution & international conflict that interweaves the dual stories of the Mob in Havana & the event that would overshadow it, the Cuban Revolution.

As the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the 50s, Mob leaders Meyer Lansky & Charles "Lucky" Luciano turned their eye to Havana. To them, Cuba was the ultimate dream, the greatest hope for the future of the US 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 & 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 & casinos in Havana, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, the world's biggest celebrities, the most beautiful women & gambling galore. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara & others who would lead the country's disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government & 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 & Albert Anastasia—& Castro's 26th of July Movement in a riveting, up-close look at how the Mob nearly attained its biggest dream in Havana—& how Fidel Castro trumped it all with the revolution.
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.
Title:Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba…and Then Lost It to the RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:June 9, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than any movie This is one wild ride through Cuban=American relations. It also begs the question: Did America's mob de facto lead to Castro ruling Cuba? If so, boy oh boy, the whole Cold War could have been stopped ages ago if the US government had cracked down on the mafia in Cuba.
Date published: 2016-12-28

Editorial Reviews

“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.”