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Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba- And Then Lost It to the Revolution

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

As the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the 1950s, Mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano turned their eye to Havana. To them, Cuba was the ultimate dream, the greatest hope for the future of the American 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 and 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 and casinos in Havana, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, the world's biggest celebrities, the most beautiful women, and gambling galore. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who would lead the country's disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government and 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. and Albert Anastasia—and Castro's 26th of July Movement in a riveting, up-close look at how the Mob nearly attained its biggest dream in Havana—and how Fidel Castro trumped it all with the Cuban Revolution.

Review:

On our first date, my wife-to-be and I went to the Karl Marx Theater in Havana for the Cuban premiere of "Havana," directed by the late Sydney Pollack. Outside, the glitter of a Hollywood opening had been replicated with velvet ropes, a red carpet and searchlights circling the sky. On the screen, Pollack used the final days of the Batista regime as a backdrop for a love story between Robert Redford... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Part social history, part Hollywood tell-all, this account of Havana in the early 1950s is centered on the temporary success of American organized crime to set up a base in Cuba outside of the legal reach of the United States. Using interviews, memoirs, published studies and released FBI files, English tells a titillating tale of corruption, murder, movie stars, politicians and a "never-ending party" in Havana. But the party was at the expense of the Cuban people and English argues that Castro's success was as much the defeat of the mob as it was of Batista. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Readers of Erik Larson will loveand#160;this tale of sex, greed, and the American dream:and#160;A huckster imports a tribe of Filipinos to Coney Islandand#8217;s Luna Park, and two cultures collide.

The Lost Tribe of Coney Islandand#160;unearths the forgotten story of the Igorrotes, a group of and#8220;headhunting, dog-eating savagesand#8221; from the Philippines, who were transported to New York in 1905 to appear as and#8220;human exhibitsand#8221; alongside the freaks and curiosities at Coney Islandand#8217;s Luna Park. Millions of fair-goers delighted in their tribal dances and rituals, near-nudity, tattoos, and stories of headhunting.

Journalist Claire Prentice, who has spent years researching the topic, brings the story to life with her fluid prose and vivid descriptions. The book boasts a colorful cast of characters, including the disgraced lieutenant turned huckster Truman K. Hunt; his Filipino interpreter, Julio Balinag; the theme park impresarios behind Luna Park, Fred Thompson and Elmer and#8220;Skipand#8221; Dundy; and Dogmena, a beautiful girl who became a favorite with New Yorkand#8217;s social elite.and#160;The Lost Tribe ofand#160;Coney Island and#160;is a fascinating social history and a tale of adventure, culture-clash, and the American dream.

About the Author

T.J. English is the New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, The Westies, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. His screenwriting credits include TV episodes of NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters

Introduction

1.and#160;From One Island to Another

2.and#160;First Steps

3.and#160;The Journey from the Tropics

4.and#160;The Money Men

5.and#160;Welcome to America

6.and#160;Making an Entrance

7.and#160;Meeting Uncle Sam

8.and#160;Divided Loyalties

9.and#160;Tribal Life in the City

10.and#160;Headhunting the Star Attraction

11.and#160;Unexpected Arrivals

12.and#160;Another Unwelcome Visitor

13.and#160;The End of the American Dream

14.and#160;Tall Tales

15.and#160;Fighting for Control

16.and#160;A Break for Freedom

17.and#160;Dear Dr. Hunt

18.and#160;A Rival Enters the Fray

19.and#160;Memphis Blues

20.and#160;Raising the Alarm

21.and#160;A Worthy Opponent

22.and#160;Dr. Hunt, I Presume

23.and#160;On the Run

24.and#160;Luck Be a Lady

25.and#160;An Ultimatum

26.and#160;Judgment Day

27.and#160;Vanishing Act

28.and#160;In the Care of the Government

29.and#160;A Gentleman Criminal

30.and#160;Trials and Tribulations

31.and#160;A Surprise Reversal

32.and#160;The End of the Line

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Illustration Credits

Index

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Gold Gato, June 9, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Sinatra. Luciano. Castro. Siegel. Lansky. Che.

Cuba was a second home for the American Mafia. They ruled through their casinos and hotels in Havana, and their revels and greed brought the old corrupt government to a rapid decline. Every name is here, whether it's Frank Sinatra meeting with Lucky Luciano or Meyer Lansky running the island in the name of the almighty dollar. John F. Kennedy also appears, as a young Senator who found the delights of Cuban nightlife very much to his satisfaction.

The author has done his research here, and it's a nice read.

Book Season = Autumn (the off-season for the island)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061147715
Subtitle:
Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century
Author:
English, T J
Author:
Prentice, Claire
Author:
English, T. J.
Author:
by T. J. English
Publisher:
New Harvest
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mafia
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba
Subject:
Cuba History 1933-1959.
Subject:
Mafia - Cuba - Havana
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
How the Mob Owned Cu
Publication Date:
20141014
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
39 b/w photographs
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 416 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780061147715 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Readers of Erik Larson will loveand#160;this tale of sex, greed, and the American dream:and#160;A huckster imports a tribe of Filipinos to Coney Islandand#8217;s Luna Park, and two cultures collide.

The Lost Tribe of Coney Islandand#160;unearths the forgotten story of the Igorrotes, a group of and#8220;headhunting, dog-eating savagesand#8221; from the Philippines, who were transported to New York in 1905 to appear as and#8220;human exhibitsand#8221; alongside the freaks and curiosities at Coney Islandand#8217;s Luna Park. Millions of fair-goers delighted in their tribal dances and rituals, near-nudity, tattoos, and stories of headhunting.

Journalist Claire Prentice, who has spent years researching the topic, brings the story to life with her fluid prose and vivid descriptions. The book boasts a colorful cast of characters, including the disgraced lieutenant turned huckster Truman K. Hunt; his Filipino interpreter, Julio Balinag; the theme park impresarios behind Luna Park, Fred Thompson and Elmer and#8220;Skipand#8221; Dundy; and Dogmena, a beautiful girl who became a favorite with New Yorkand#8217;s social elite.and#160;The Lost Tribe ofand#160;Coney Island and#160;is a fascinating social history and a tale of adventure, culture-clash, and the American dream.

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