Havana Nocturne

Havana Nocturne

How the Mob Owned Cuba-- and Then Lost It to the Revolution

Book - 2008
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Draws on previously hidden historical sources and survivor interviews to profile mob-infiltrated Havana in the 1950s, in an account that traces the relationships between President Batista and such mafia leaders as Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061147715
0061147710
9780061712746
Branch Call Number: 364.106097 English
Characteristics: xx, 396 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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jkwarneke
May 30, 2015

Very well researched and written account of the development of Havana as the gambling mecca in the post WWII years, along with the history of Cuba and the lead up to the revolution. US involvement was all over the place, at one time supporting Fidel and other times dictator Batista. A good read, would have made a good novel if not factual.

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prabhjitb
Feb 06, 2012

Cuba prior to Castro. It gives a great account of why the US has avoided involvement in Cuba for 50 years, how Batista ruled Cuba and Castro took control, and how the Mafia nearly rose to power internationally. Great read and tidbit about John F. Kennedy before he became President is why this book is fun to read.

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marishkajuko
Jul 12, 2011

Great overview of the Havana Mob and Castro's Revolution - a quick read and you don't need to know much about either the mafia or the revolution to understand and enjoy the story.

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