A Caribbean mob story and picture of the Mafia's Caribbean empire when Havana was the playground of the rich and infamous. Author Enrique Cirules presents a glamorous and seedy picture of the world of Sinatra and the showgirls, mambo and marijuana, "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky. The Mafia in Havana is an extensive investigation into the Cuban underworld, uncovering the close ties between the Mafia, U.S. business and intelligence agencies, and their often brutal reign over Cuban politics.
How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution
Author: T. J. English
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: True Crime
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.
A vibrant picture of the Mafia¿s Caribbean empire when Havana was the playground of the rich & infamous. With a novelistic eye for detail & drama, prize-winning author Cirules presents a shockingly glamorous & fantastically seedy picture of the world of Sinatra & the showgirls, mambo & marijuana, ¿Lucky¿ Luciano & Meyer Lansky. This book provides an extensive investigation into the Cuban underworld, uncovering the close ties between the Mafia, U.S. bus. & intelligence agencies, & their often brutal reign over Cuban politics. The book won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Latin American literature & the Casa de las Americas Critics¿ Prize. It features stunning photos of the legendary personalities of the era. Translated from the Spanish-lang. ed.
Young Paulter adores the Grand Court Wizard, Galdar and in secrecy serves as his apprentice. When Galdar is poisoned, the stage is set for a race against time in which Paulter must be ordained by the source of magic "the Heart". This is an imperative and time-honored procedure that will allow him to become the next Grand Court Wizard. Evil Ronar pulls out all the stops in an effort to stop Paulter from reaching his lofty goal. Ronar feels that the timing is perfect to make his attempt at overtaking their world while Galdar is no longer there to protect them. He creates a massive army that threatens the very existence of the Faerie world and will eventually annihilate all the other races one at a time. With the help of some unlikely friends, Paulter struggles to reach the Heart and put an end to the senseless carnage that Ronar is willing to inflict on anyone standing in his way. However, there are still other issues that Paulter must deal with, including the search to find the murderer of his friend and mentor, Galdar. This is a story of the struggle between good and evil, but also, the emergence of a man who is destined to play a powerful role in the care of the races that comprise his world. The friends who help him, all have different roles to play and both collectively and individually help Paulter to realize how important friends can be.
Gangsters, Gamblers, Showgirls and Revolutionaries in 1950s Cuba
Author: T. J. English
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company
Throughout the 1950s, as the Cuban people laboured under a violently repressive regime, the Mob-financed revelry in Havana never stopped. Tourists from around the world flooded in to gamble, go to the racetrack, see an elaborate floorshow at the Tropicana, hear some of the hottest music around and perhaps partake in the kinky sexual activities that flourished on the fringe of the most colourful and exciting nightlife scene of the twentieth century. It may have seemed like fun and games, but for the Havana Mob it was a deadly serious business. Led by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano - and with the full compliance of President Fulgencio Batista - the Mob set out to create a financial empire that would rival the 'glory days' of Prohibition in the US. For a time, the plan seemed to be succeeding beyond their wildest dreams, but they were sowing the seeds of their own demise. Behind the scenes, Fidel Castro was building opposition to what he portrayed as the debauchery and corruption of capitalism run amok in Havana - the result was revolution. The Havana Mobcaptures a unique and exotic chapter not only in the history of organised crime but also in the history of the United States, and for the first time the story is told through interviews and the first-hand accounts of those who were actually there.
How the Mob Owned Cuba--and Then Lost it to the Revolution
Author: T. J. English
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company
Throughout the 1950s, as the Cuban people laboured under a violently repressive regime, the Mob-financed revelry in Havana never stopped. Tourists from around the world flooded in to gamble, go to the racetrack, see an elaborate floorshow at the Tropicana, hear some of the hottest music around and perhaps partake in the sexual activities that flourished on the fringe of the most colourful nightlife scene of the twentieth century. It may have seemed like fun and games, but for the Havana Mob it was a serious business. Led by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano - and with the full compliance of President Fulgencio Batista - the Mob set out to create a financial empire that would rival the 'glory days' of Prohibition in the US. For a time, the plan seemed to be a runaway success, but they were sowing the seeds of their own demise. Behind the scenes, Fidel Castro was building opposition to what he portrayed as the debauchery and corruption of capitalism run amok in Havana - the result was revolution. The Havana Mob captures a unique and exotic chapter not only in the history of organised crime but also in the history of the United States, and for the first time the story is told through interviews and the first-hand accounts of those who were actually there.
Most people have heard of Fidel Castro, but what was Cuba like before Castro? Who was Fulgencio Batista? How did he gain control of the country and why did he need to be replaced? What created the conditions under which someone like Castro was able to gain - and maintain the support of the people? This book offers a surprising answer: The mob. Inside this book, you will discover how Batista's friendship with Meyer Lansky allowed the Mafia to become dollar for dollar partners with the Cuban government in the casino hotel industry. This industry came to dominate the Cuban economy in the 1950's, and sowed the seeds of revolution. Finally, you will learn what life was like for Cubans who lived through these times as they explain in their own words how events caused them to either flee - or join the revolution.
Havana, the sultry spring of 1953: gambling is expensive, sex is cheap, and death is free. A half-hour by air from Miami, it's the world's hottest -- and most dangerous -- city. From the plush mobster casinos in Centro to the backstreet brothels on Zanja Street, you can get anything you want, for a price. The city is the linchpin of many empires: the Mafia's, the CIA's, numerous American corporations', El Presidente's, and even the vice lords' of Old Havana. It must be protected at all costs. But now there's a threat. A young lawyer, a kid named Castro, is giving speeches. He speaks of reform, of change, of self-determination. He speaks of...of revolution even. This danger must be dealt with. So, into the steamy, sunny climate of corruption come two men, both unafraid, both skilled, both tough as ball bearings. They would be friends in a sane world, for they are so similar in their capabilities and experiences. But now they have to be enemies, because the Cold War is at its apogee: one is American, the other Russian. The American is named Earl Swagger. A Medal of Honor winner on Iwo Jima, a toughened gunman from adventures in Hot Springs and the swamps of Mississippi, Earl has been conned by two young Old Boys of the CIA to become Our Gun in Havana. The Russian, Speshnev, also a veteran of tough battles (from Spain in '36 to Berlin in '45, with a few stays in the gulag just for seasoning), has a similar assignment: he too is sent by strategic gamesters to pay attention to that same young orator. But his job is protection, not elimination. Neither man's assignment will be easy. For, like an orchid hot house, Havana's climate grows spectacular specimens: the wise old mobster king Meyer Lansky, who runs the casinos for his nervous New York sponsors; the syndicate hitman Frankie Carbine, Frankie Horsekiller of the famed Times Square massacre; the secret police officer called Ojos Bellos -- Beautiful Eyes -- for his penchant to interrogate at scalpel point; the beautiful Filipina Jean-Marie Augustine, who knows so much; and even those crew-cut, cheery young CIA fellows on the embassy's Third Floor, behind whose baby-blues and tender faces lurk all manner of deviousness. And everybody wants something. In Havana, Stephen Hunter has produced a truly epic adventure story, shot-through with violence, eroticism, and the pressures of big money and big politics, set in a legendary time and place. His hero, Earl Swagger, fights his enemies, his superiors, and his own temptations and, in the end, has to decide what is worth killing for -- and what is worth dying for. He knows only one thing for certain: that he's a pawn in somebody else's game. But a pawn with a Colt Super .38 in his shoulder holster and the skill and will to use it fast and well is a formidable man, indeed.
Most people have heard of Fidel Castro, but what was Cuba like before Castro? Who was Fulgencio Batista? How did he gain control of the country and why did he need to be replaced? What created the conditions under which someone like Castro was able to gain ? and maintain the support of the people? This book offers a surprising answer: The mob. Inside this book, you will discover how Batista's friendship with Meyer Lansky allowed the Mafia to become dollar for dollar partners with the Cuban government in the casino hotel industry. This industry came to dominate the Cuban economy in the 1950's, and sowed the seeds of revolution. Finally, you will learn what life was like for Cubans who lived through these times as they explain in their own words how events caused them to either flee ? or join the revolution.
What should we make of the outsized role organized crime plays in conflict and crisis, from drug wars in Mexico to human smuggling in North Africa, from the struggle in Crimea to scandals in Kabul? How can we deal with the convergence of politics and crime in so-called 'mafia states' such as Guinea-Bissau, North Korea or, as some argue, Russia? Drawing on unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs, James Cockayne discovers the strategic logic of organized crime, hidden in a century of forgotten political--criminal collaboration in New York, Sicily and the Caribbean. He reveals states and mafias competing - and collaborating -- in a competition for governmental power. He discovers mafias influencing elections, changing constitutions, organizing domestic insurgencies and transnational terrorism, negotiating peace deals, and forming governmental joint ventures with ruling groups. And he sees mafias working with the US government to spy on American citizens, catch Nazis, try to assassinate Fidel Castro, invade and govern Sicily, and playing unappreciated roles in the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca's family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, HAVANA LOST reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. HAVANA LOST is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann's tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. HAVANA LOST is a testament to Hellmann's gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thrillers. A sprawling tale . the story of the Cuban revolution, as well as the Cuban military efforts in Angola, is fascinating Publishers Weekly Ambitious, sprawling Hellmann keeps a complicated plot moving her sections on Cuba are surprisingly and satisfyingly vivid. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune A cautionary tale great historical detail interesting story, ambitious, enjoyable! Romantic Times Book Review "Hellmann s writing has matured considerably since her early novels. Her plotting has become more solid and assured, her characters more realistic, her settings wonderfully described. This is a fine extremely well-told novel." Deadly Pleasures Magazine Masterfully crafted Hellmann has a superb gift for the colorful depiction of her characters. I can t imagine any noir aficionado not enjoying Havana Lost. aliteraryreeder blog"
Focuses on relations between Cuba and the United States. From socialism and Liberation Theology to the evolutionary vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, this book emphasises our human responsibility and makes the case for steady-state economics and human co-operation.
Havana in December to 1958 was city on the brink of revolution, but it glittered on the surface. Over the previous twenty-five years it had become the Las Vegas of the Caribbean, made so by the Mafia money that supported a corrupt and oppressive regime. Into this explosive environment came Lila Corona and her gang of jewel thieves, determined to make the greatest heist ever. She had been hired by a jewelry company to steal their own jewels and smuggle them out of the country. She encountered Chester Yellowcat, an FBI agent who had met her before, knew that she was a thief, but had never been able to prove anything. Lila spotted him tailing her, confronted him, and started a relationship with him. As the head of the FBI section at the American embassy, Chester was involved with the ambassador in finding a way to get Batista, the Mafia-supported dictator, to leave the country. To get information to pressure Batista, Chester was obliged to hire Lila and her gang to break into the National Bank to photograph information about the location of Batista’s overseas financial holdings. Lila did, and this led to her becoming Chester’s lover. Because the jewelry heist involved far more jewels than she had expected, Lila was obliged to make a deal with one of the leaders of the revolution to use his resources to smuggle the jewels to Miami. Lila and her gang left the country after the heist. Chester wanted her to go, because he was afraid to have her there during the revolutionary takeover, which he knew was coming soon. The takeover came on the morning of the New Year, when Batista, the dictator, fled the country. After a brief period of tension, Chester and the other Americans at the embassy began sorting things out. By early spring, Chester was retired and staying at a hotel at Sarasota, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He had asked a waiter to bring him a beer. When the waiter brought him two beers, he turned around to say something to the waiter, but discovered instead—Lila.
At the height of the World Series in 1958, the gambling empire of Meyer Lansky enjoys unprecedented profits much to the chagrin of rival mafia boss Joe Bonanno, who plots to hijack Lansky's winnings with deadly consequences, a situation that prompts Lansky to take Bonanno out of the Cuban racket for good. By the author of Outcast. Reprint.
The NWIG is the oldest scholarly journal on the Caribbean. The NWIG publishes articles and book reviews relating to the Caribbean in the social sciences and humanities. The language of publication is English.
In April 1959, Fidel Castro toured the United States at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got the strong impression that US intentions toward his new Cuban government were hostile. In The Cuban Connection, former FBI agent and investigative journalist William Turner examines the fateful meeting between Castro and Nixon and the murky connections that existed between official Washington, the CIA, and organized crime in Cuba. Based on firsthand interviews with many of the key players involved in Cuban-American relations of that era, plus thorough background research, Turner raises a host of disturbing questions: Before the ouster of the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista by Castro, why did Vice President Nixon often socialize at Havana casinos with his Cuban friend Bebe Rebozo? How was the rabid anticommunism of the Eisenhower administration, especially its instant dislike of Castro, connected to its cozy relationship with the former mob-controlled dictatorship? How did all of this set the stage for the Bay of Pigs fiasco and ultimately the Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK assassination? In a vivid narrative The Cuban Connection provides insider information that rarely reaches the public and that many in power never wanted the public to know.
Shadowland is a revelatory and dramatic true-life thriller spanning much of the twentieth century, a page-turning chronicle of an elaborate Mafia plan to 'invade' Europe using 1960s London as a bridgehead. The capital city of the Swinging Sixties was also a world of gambling, guns and gangsters. Several veterans of the era are astonished that they survived it and some feel protected enough - now that most of the killers are themselves dead - to reveal to bestselling author Douglas Thompson the details and secrets of one of history's greatest criminal conspiracies, and of how world-champion boxer Freddie Mills really died. The tension in this real-life narrative is ferocious as the tale moves from London to New York and Las Vegas, down to Miami, into Havana, then on to the Bahamas and back to an unexpected denouement in London. Brutal, terrifying and intrigue-packed, it is an account of the Mob's Machiavellian global manipulation of governments and officials. Shadowland recounts events from the viewpoint of the pawns as well as the kingmakers. All the big players of Mafia history are here, controlled by the gangster genius Meyer Lansky, but so are the hit men, the fixers, the hoodlums and the wiseguys.