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

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

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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.
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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.

Translator Russ Davidson is curator emeritus of Latin American and Iberian collections and professor emeritus of librarianship at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents


Introduction 1
1 U.S. Prohibition and Smuggling from Cuba 17
2 Drug Trafficking and Political Anarchy during the 1930s 31
3 The Chinese and Opium Consumption in Cuba 45
4 Corruption and Drug Trafficking in Cuba during the Second World War and the Early Postwar Years 57
5 Lucky Luciano in Cuba 65
6 The Prio Socarras Government and Drug Trafficking 75
7 Gambling in Cuba 81
8 The Andean Connection 95
9 Contacts in France 103
10 The Batista Dictatorship and Drug Trafficking 113
11 Revolution 123
12 The Diplomacy of Drug Trafficking at the Beginning of the Revolution 135 Epilogue 147 Notes 153 Bibliography 211 Index 237
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