Summary of T. J. English's Havana Nocturne

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: True Crime

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In October 1946, Luciano, who had been deported from the United States just seven months earlier, traveled to Cuba. He was there to meet his childhood friend and longtime criminal associate Meyer Lansky. #2 Luciano and Lansky visited Cuba, where they had lunch at the Grand Hotel. They were there to celebrate Luciano’s early release from prison and his deportation to Sicily. He had been irate that he had been deported to Sicily, as he had no intention of staying in Italy. #3 Luciano spent two weeks in Havana, meeting with associates and visiting the sites he used to know so well. He was able to relax for the first time in ten years. He had breakfast in bed, and then walked around his estate and supervised the four gardeners as they planted flowers. #4 Luciano was in Havana waiting for the Mob to arrive for their planned empire in Cuba. He spent his time either cultivating political connections or enjoying the many sensual pleasures Havana had to offer.

Havana Nocturne

Author: T. J. English

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061795585

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

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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.

Hidden Power

Author: James Cockayne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190694815

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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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.

Cuba (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

Author: Ada Ferrer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501154567

Category: History

Page: 576

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In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, where a momentous revolution had taken power three years earlier. For more than half a century, the stand-off continued--through the tenure of ten American presidents and the fifty-year rule of Fidel Castro. His death in 2016, and the retirement of his brother and successor Raúl Castro in 2021, have spurred questions about the country's future. Meanwhile, politics in Washington--Barack Obama's opening to the island, Donald Trump's reversal of that policy, and the election of Joe Biden--have made the relationship between the two nations a subject of debate once more. Now, award-winning historian Ada Ferrer delivers an ambitious chronicle written for an era that demands a new reckoning with the island's past. Spanning more than five centuries, Cuba: An American History reveals the evolution of the modern nation, with its dramatic record of conquest and colonization, of slavery and freedom, of independence and revolutions made and unmade. Along the way, Ferrer explores the influence of the United States on Cuba and the many ways the island has been a recurring presence in US affairs. This is a story that will give Americans unexpected insights into the history of their own nation and, in so doing, help them imagine a new relationship with Cuba. Filled with rousing stories and characters, and drawing on more than thirty years of research in Cuba, Spain, and the United States--as well as the author's own extensive travel to the island over the same period--this is a stunning and monumental account like no other. --

The Thrillers

Author: Michael A. Black

Publisher: Crossroad Press


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Fourteen tales guaranteed to keep you riveted to your seat. A World War II rescue-extraction ventures into madness and the heart of darkness… A CIA operative desperately tries to escape from Cuba after Castro’s takeover… An American hitman in Japan finds himself bringing a gun to a swordfight… A band of criminals planning a heist from a casino get an assist from a mermaid… A long simmering western tale of vengeance unfolds in the early days of the movie industry… A brutal tale of life and death unfolds on the street of a small town in the Old West… A former boxer reluctantly recalls his past as he is thrust into an unwelcome comeback… A prescient country and western song foretells a tale of murder and revenge… A tough guy private eye battles Nazi spies for control of a superweapon… A time warp sends a group of scientists back to the Jurassic age with disastrous results… A legendary hero struggles to defeat evil in ancient Greece… A beautiful seductress has deadly plans for her troubled bodyguard… A kidnapping turns out to be far more involved than is first believed… A trip downstate immerses a Chicago cop in a sinister network of conspiracy and murder… During the days of the pulps, thrillers came in various genres, but they always delivered exciting entertainment. This collection includes a variety of stories guaranteed to keep you turning those pages. Enter a world of adventure, intrigue, and murder: a World War II mission involving headhunters and a trip into the heart of darkness; a time warp that puts a group of scientists face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex; some unscrupulous dealings endanger a Chicago cop in southern Illinois. Award-winning author Michael A. Black, best known for his novels, began his writing career with short stories. Many of these tales appeared in such prestigious magazines as Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. Now The Thrillers collects all of these mesmerizing stories in a single volume, ranging from espionage to westerns to science fiction and a whole lot more.


Author: Jack Colhoun

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 1935928902

Category: History

Page: 361

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Gangsterismo is an extraordinary accomplishment, the most comprehensive history yet of the clash of epic forces over several decades in Cuba. It is a chronicle that touches upon deep and ongoing themes in the history of the Americas, and more specifically of the United States government, Cuba before and after the revolution, and the criminal networks known as the Mafia. The result of 18 years’ research at national archives and presidential libraries in Kansas, Maryland, Texas, and Massachusetts, here is the story of the making and unmaking of a gangster state in Cuba. In the early 1930s, mobster Meyer Lansky sowed the seeds of gangsterismo when he won Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista’s support for a mutually beneficial arrangement: the North American Mafia were to share the profits from a future colony of casinos, hotels, and nightclubs with Batista, his inner circle, and senior Cuban Army and police officers. In return, Cuban authorities allowed the Mafia to operate its establishments without interference. Over the next twenty-five years, a gangster state took root in Cuba as Batista, other corrupt Cuban politicians, and senior Cuban army and police officers got rich. All was going swimmingly until a handful of revolutionaries upended the neat arrangement: and the CIA, Cuban counterrevolutionaries, and the Mafia joined forces to attempt the overthrow of Castro. Gangsterismo is unique in the literature on Cuba, and establishes for the first time the integral, extensive role of mobsters in the Cuban exile movement. The narrative unfolds against a broader historical backdrop of which it was a part: the confrontation between the United States and the Cuban revolution, which turned Cuba into one of the most perilous battlegrounds of the Cold War. ……………………………… “The anti-communist hysteria generated by the Cold War frequently unhinged the policy judgments of US government officials in many areas, but nowhere so completely as in our relations with Cuba. This conclusion is inescapable as Gangsterismo brilliantly unravels the bizarre tale of the Mafia army the Kennedy brothers recruited in their manic determination to rid Cuba of Castro, that vexing, seemingly indomitable Communist.” —Martin J. Sherwin, co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize (together with Kai Bird) for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer “What is shocking is not what is new, but how much that is old – already on the record in presidential and other archives, CIA and FBI files, memoirs and histories – in Jack Colhoun’s Gangsterismo. Drawing on the National Security Archives, papers and books, public and private, he damningly documents the pathetic, incompetent and sometimes comic, but always inappropriate and anti-democratic, attempts by the CIA and/or its confederates, working in tandem with members of the mob, to assassinate Castro and overthrow the Cuban revolution.” —Victor S. Navasky, publisher emeritus, The Nation; professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism “Gangsterismo is an invaluable addition to our background knowledge about that small island nation that has incurred so much devotion and ire from U.S. Americans. Books about Cuba abound, but this one lays bare an often forgotten pre-revolutionary history of U.S.-based organized crime, and subsequent hidden U.S. government covert action. Colhoun has done his homework. This is a must-read.” —Margaret Randall, author of To Change the World: My Years in Cuba “Few aspects of Cuba-U.S. relations have so doggedly resisted serious inquiry as the subject of organized crime in Cuba. Much of what we know has reached us by way of popular culture, principally through film and fiction, to which the subject of the underworld in the tropics so aptly lends itself. Colhoun represents a breakthrough: serious scholarship on a serious subject. He casts light upon one of the darkest recesses of a dark history, calling attention to the convergence of interests between the underworld of criminal activity and nether world of covert operations – and reveals in the process that film and fiction have actually only scratched the surface of a sordid story.” —Louis A. Pérez, Jr.editor, Cuba Journal; professor of history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Longest Romance

Author: Humberto Fontova

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594036675

Category: Political Science

Page: 282

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Examines the U.S. media's role in perpetrating Fidel Castro's totalitarian agenda and spreading his propaganda, describing how and why the dictator has been glorified in the mainstream American press.

Dateline Havana

Author: Reese Erlich,Stephen Kinzer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317261593

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Expertly researched and deftly reported, Dateline Havana is a probing exposé of U.S. policy and the future of Cuba on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Covering art, music, and Cuban politics, Reese Erlich creates a tableau that is at once moving and informative.

Negotiating Paradise

Author: Dennis Merrill

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807898635

Category: History

Page: 352

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Accounts of U.S. empire building in Latin America typically portray politically and economically powerful North Americans descending on their southerly neighbors to engage in lopsided negotiations. Dennis Merrill's comparative history of U.S. tourism in Latin America in the twentieth century demonstrates that empire is a more textured, variable, and interactive system of inequality and resistance than commonly assumed. In his examination of interwar Mexico, early Cold War Cuba, and Puerto Rico during the Alliance for Progress, Merrill demonstrates how tourists and the international travel industry facilitated the expansion of U.S. consumer and cultural power in Latin America. He also shows the many ways in which local service workers, labor unions, business interests, and host governments vied to manage the Yankee invasion. While national leaders negotiated treaties and military occupations, visitors and hosts navigated interracial encounters in bars and brothels, confronted clashing notions of gender and sexuality at beachside resorts, and negotiated national identities. Highlighting the everyday realities of U.S. empire in ways often overlooked, Merrill's analysis provides historical context for understanding the contemporary debate over the costs and benefits of globalization.

Cuba Libre

Author: Philip Brenner,Peter Eisner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742566714

Category: History

Page: 439

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This timely book provides a balanced and deeply knowledgeable introduction to Cuba since Christopher Columbus’s first arrival in 1492. With decades of experience studying and reporting on the island, Philip Brenner and Peter Eisner provide an incisive overview for all readers seeking to go beyond stereotypes in their exploration of Cuba’s politics, economy, and culture. As Cuba and the United States open their doors to each other, Cuba Libre gives travelers, policy makers, businesspeople, students, and those with an interest in world affairs an opportunity to understand Cuba from a Cuban perspective; to appreciate how Cubans’ quest for independence and sovereignty animates their spirit and shapes their worldview and even their identity. In a world ever more closely linked, Cuba Libre provides a compelling model for US citizens and policy makers to empathize with viewpoints far from their own experiences.