The Cuban Connection: Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution

The Cuban Connection: Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution

by Eduardo S?enz Rovner
     
 

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A comprehensive history of crime and corruption in Cuba, The Cuban Connection challenges the common view that widespread poverty and geographic proximity to the United States were the prime reasons for soaring rates of drug trafficking, smuggling, gambling, and prostitution in the tumultuous decades preceding the Cuban revolution. Eduardo Saenz Rovner argues

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A comprehensive history of crime and corruption in Cuba, The Cuban Connection challenges the common view that widespread poverty and geographic proximity to the United States were the prime reasons for soaring rates of drug trafficking, smuggling, gambling, and prostitution in the tumultuous decades preceding the Cuban revolution. Eduardo Saenz Rovner argues that Cuba's historically well-established integration into international migration, commerce, and transportation networks combined with political instability and rampant official corruption to help lay the foundation for the development of organized crime structures powerful enough to affect Cuba's domestic and foreign politics and its very identity as a nation.

Saenz traces the routes taken around the world by traffickers and smugglers. After Cuba, the most important player in this story is the United States. The involvement of gangsters and corrupt U.S. officials and businessmen enabled prohibited substances to reach a strong market in the United States, from rum running during Prohibition to increased demand for narcotics during the Cold War. Originally published in Colombia in 2005, this first English-language edition has been revised and updated by the author.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This book fills some Cuban niches untouched by North American scholars. . . . [It] brings to light new documentation regarding Cubans, non-Cuban traffickers, and people who used Cuba as a logistical base from the era of prohibition to the Cuban Revolution. . . . There is no doubt that Saenz Rovner gives Cuba the coverage it deserves.—American Historical Review

A valuable addition to that corpus of historical research on Cuba that confronts official myths that it is all too easy to leave unchallenged.—Latin American Review of Books

This meticulously researched and cogently argued work represents a major contribution to Cuban history. . . . Accessibly written and powerfully insightful.—Choice

Valuable for fields such as political science and sociology and interdisciplinary areas such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and criminal justice . . . . A worthy read.—New West Indian Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807831755
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Latin America in Translation/en Traduccion/em Traducao Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Cuban Connection provides a fascinating look at how drug trafficking and related activities helped shape Cuban identity from the early twentieth century through the rise of Fidel Castro. The broad scope of the story and the base of research behind it merit the highest praise. There is no other book like it.—William O. Walker III, editor of Drugs in the Western Hemisphere: An Odyssey of Cultures in Conflict

Meet the Author

Eduardo Saenz Rovner is professor of history at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. He is author or editor of six other books published in Colombia.

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