Behind Islands in the Stream: Hemingway, Cuba, the FBI and the crook factory

Behind Islands in the Stream: Hemingway, Cuba, the FBI and the crook factory

by Thomas Fensch
     
 

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Behind
Islands in the Stream

Hemingway, Cuba, the FBI and the crook factory

…is the first book to completely reveal the dark and ultimately tragic back

story of Ernest Hemingway and the FBI. Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20-plus years; 1939-1940 to 1960. After the Spanish Civil War, thousands of Spanish Falange

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Behind
Islands in the Stream

Hemingway, Cuba, the FBI and the crook factory

…is the first book to completely reveal the dark and ultimately tragic back

story of Ernest Hemingway and the FBI. Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20-plus years; 1939-1940 to 1960. After the Spanish Civil War, thousands of Spanish Falange (Spanish fascists) had immigrated to Cuba. Many were pro-Nazi and were considered a threat to Cuba and to the United States.

With the blessing of the United States Embassy in Havana, Hemingway assembled an irregular organization to spy on the Falange. He called it “the crook factory.”

The FBI became enraged that Hemingway was poaching on its territory. Internal documents indicate the FBI tried to discredit and ridicule Hemingway and accused him of being a member of “Communist Front Organizations.”

Eventually the crook factory was disbanded and some became crew members on his yacht, the Pilar, which he used to hunt Nazi submarines in the Caribbean. Those adventures became the final segment of his novel “Islands in the Stream,” published in 1970.


The FBI never forgave or forgot Hemingway.

Their surveillance continued. And continued. And it may have contributed substantially to his suicide, in mid-1961.


Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers once wrote:


“The FBI kept watch on him for the rest of his life.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462041855
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
1,039,273
File size:
2 MB

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