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A brief and engaging account of the Mafia s Cuba enterprises Not the most useful knowledge to be found, unless you want to impress your husband during video night by pointing out all of the flaws in The Godfather, Part II Probably not a good way to set the mood, come to think of it, but who needs the mood set Zombies come from Haiti, not Cuba Thus, I cannot explain why they hired one to read this book aloud I must say, though, that I really didn t mind his style by the time I reached the en A brief and engaging account of the Mafia s Cuba enterprises Not the most useful knowledge to be found, unless you want to impress your husband during video night by pointing out all of the flaws in The Godfather, Part II Probably not a good way to set the mood, come to think of it, but who needs the mood set Zombies come from Haiti, not Cuba Thus, I cannot explain why they hired one to read this book aloud I must say, though, that I really didn t mind his style by the time I reached the end of the book It was rather satisfying, really This is an engagingly told and well researched story, the story of Havana in the 50s, a city of nightclubs, casinos, sex shows, and the Afro Cuban jazz scene all run by the Mob, organized mainly by Meyer Lansky, with massive payouts to Cuban dictator General Batista Millions were there to be made with no end in sight to the partying but, in the jungles, the forces of revolution were gathering under Fidel Castro and Che Guevara I was always curious as to knowingabout the Mob ties to Cuba, as I knew just tidbits of info Havana Nocturne lays everything bare from the beginning to virtually that last shakened cocktail in the Mob run casinos on that fateful New Year s Day of 1959 From Meyer Lansky, the Lower East Side kid who grew to be the brains behind the Mob muscle and brawn, and the brilliant architect of who was very close to making Havana the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean President Fulgencio Batista, the I was always curious as to knowingabout the Mob ties to Cuba, as I knew just tidbits of info Havana Nocturne lays everything bare from the beginning to virtually that last shakened cocktail in the Mob run casinos on that fateful New Year s Day of 1959 From Meyer Lansky, the Lower East Side kid who grew to be the brains behind the Mob muscle and brawn, and the brilliant architect of who was very close to making Havana the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean President Fulgencio Batista, the dictator of Cuba who gave the go ahead to the Mob casinos on Havana as long as he received large shares of the profits and cast of characters who are steep in Mob lore Lucky Luciano, Santo Trafficante, Bugsy Siegel, even the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra, makes a guest appearance In addition to the Havana Mob syndicate who were intent on revamping the city, English also detailed the s and attitudes of Havana which was quite the Sin City before Las Vegas, with very whim, predilection, vice and fantasy that could be indulged And remember that character of Superman in Francis Ford Coppola s The Godfather II He was a real person But of course, as history tells us, corrpution and a dictatorship breeds dissension, and eventually, a revolution will take place, which all began with a Havana lawyer Fidel Castro Meticulously researched and concise, not to mention a thoroughly good read, Havana Nocturne almost begs to posit a What if if Batista had effectively squashed the Fidelistas, would Meyer have succeeded in transforming his Pearl of the Antilles Makes you wonder Highly recommended It s a non fictional book about the American Mafia who built an empire in Havana with drizzling tourism activities, gambling and nightclubbing business, and said Mafia s coexistence with the corrupted Cuban government It s also a story about how the nothing to lose revolutionaries eventually overturned said corrupted government and the Mafia alongside it.Too bad that said revolutionaries eventually became a dictatorship in the end sighs After finishing this book I d thought very long and har It s a non fictional book about the American Mafia who built an empire in Havana with drizzling tourism activities, gambling and nightclubbing business, and said Mafia s coexistence with the corrupted Cuban government It s also a story about how the nothing to lose revolutionaries eventually overturned said corrupted government and the Mafia alongside it.Too bad that said revolutionaries eventually became a dictatorship in the end sighs After finishing this book I d thought very long and hard about revolution The revolutionaries could always hid in the forest after they threw bombs and destroyed proprieties, too bad things don t work this way now when people are facing suppression from evil governments.Not to mention, this chapter of the American Mafia s conquest of Havana had been immortalized by The Godfather Part II.More to come T.J English combines a historian s diligence with a crime reporter s appetite for bloody gossip and revealing, sleazy anecdotes The story of how Lucky Luciano and a cabal of American gangsters worked to turn Havana into a Caribbean Las Vegas with the help of dictator Fulgencio Batista has been lying around for decades, waiting to be told properly, and English has done lots of valuable spadework and original reporting He also fits the gangsters into the political currents of the time For th T.J English combines a historian s diligence with a crime reporter s appetite for bloody gossip and revealing, sleazy anecdotes The story of how Lucky Luciano and a cabal of American gangsters worked to turn Havana into a Caribbean Las Vegas with the help of dictator Fulgencio Batista has been lying around for decades, waiting to be told properly, and English has done lots of valuable spadework and original reporting He also fits the gangsters into the political currents of the time For those who a5re interested in the gray area where crime, business and politics overlap, this book is a must read An excellent history of the Cuban Revolution as seen through the eyes of the American mobsters who built an incredible casino industry and practically ruled a country This is as impartial a recitation of history as you are likely to find anywhere. My interest in Cuba was kindled by a trip that I recently took there I was struck by the many contradictions I witnessed, and I had a strong sense of a country on the verge of tremendous change I was very curious to get a better understanding of what had led to the Revolution in the first place, rather than just looking at it as a failed social experiment The book details how American mobsters became the dominant economic and political power in Cuba during the 1950s Much of this centered on My interest in Cuba was kindled by a trip that I recently took there I was struck by the many contradictions I witnessed, and I had a strong sense of a country on the verge of tremendous change I was very curious to get a better understanding of what had led to the Revolution in the first place, rather than just looking at it as a failed social experiment The book details how American mobsters became the dominant economic and political power in Cuba during the 1950s Much of this centered on the mutually beneficial relationship between lead mobster Meyer Lansky and President Batista It helped me to see the level of corruption and exploitation perpetrated by the Americans and Cuban politicians The book also followed the young Fidel Castro through his formative years and his rise to power I liked the writing style clear, easy to follow and engaging An excellent read for any one who wants to understand Cuba s present by understanding its past *Download ⇜ Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba & Then Lost it to the Revolution ↡ 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, TJ 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 RevolutionAs the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the s, 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 th 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 Missing You, Love Sara the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere old hotel casinos Dose De Prazer (Os Irmãos OSullivan, vintage American cars flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar often romanticized Roughneck Cowboy (Cartwright Siblings, but little understood In Havana Nocturne Land of Golden Wattle TJ English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime Criminal Behavior (Twilights Children political corruption Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? 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