The Mafia in Havana: A Caribbean Mob Story

The Mafia in Havana: A Caribbean Mob Story

by Enrique Cirules
     
 

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"A meticulously accurate and superbly written history of the Cuban underworld in terms of the interactions between the American Mafia, US businesses and governmental intelligence agencies. . . . The Mafia in Havana is a seminal and strongly recommended addition to the personal and academic American Organized Crime historical studies and supplemental reading

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"A meticulously accurate and superbly written history of the Cuban underworld in terms of the interactions between the American Mafia, US businesses and governmental intelligence agencies. . . . The Mafia in Havana is a seminal and strongly recommended addition to the personal and academic American Organized Crime historical studies and supplemental reading lists."—Midwest Book Review

"We invented Havana, and we can goddamn well move it someplace else if [Batista] can't control it."—Meyer Lansky, in Sydney Pollack's movie Havana

Here is a vibrant picture of the Mafia's Caribbean empire, when Havana was the playground of the rich and infamous. With a novelistic eye for detail and drama, prize-winning author Enrique Cirules presents a shockingly glamorous and fantastically seedy picture of the world of Frank Sinatra and showgirls, mambo and marijuana, corrupt cops and politicians, run by shady characters like "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky.

In this extensive investigation into the Cuban underworld, the author exposes the close ties between the Mafia, US business interests, and intelligence agencies—and their often brutally enforced reign over pre-revolutionary Cuba.

The Mafia in Havana won the Casa de las Américas Prize for Latin American Literature and the Critics' Prize in 1994. It features stunning photographs of the famous personalities who hung out in Havana in the era before the 1959 revolution.

Enrique Cirules was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1938. He is a great storyteller and the author of several novels and short stories, including Conversation with the Last American.

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Library Journal
Cuban novelist Cirules has ventured into the world of nonfiction with this book, which won the 1993 Casa de las Am ricas Prize for Latin American literature and the Critics' Prize in 1994. An in-depth investigation into the Mafia in Cuba, it is more a thorough exploration of the political, economic, and criminal atmosphere in Cuba from 1920 to 1958 than the "Sopranos on holiday" tell-all that the publisher's publicity materials would have readers believe. Cirules traces Mafia activities in Cuba while covering all the related bases, from U.S. foreign policy in Cuba to the Cuban economy to the Cuban underworld. Cirules has supplemented his traditional print research materials with interviews with assistants, bodyguards, female companions, and others who knew Mafiosi of the era: An extensive bibliography is included. Scholars and students will appreciate this well-researched and documented study of a subject on which little English-language material exists. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries supporting criminal justice and/or Caribbean studies programs. Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980429237
Publisher:
Ocean Press
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
549,526
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.55(d)

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Enrique Cirules, was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1938. He is a great storyteller and the author of several novels and short stories, including "Conversation with the Last American." He won the 1994 Casa de las Americas prize for The Mafia in Havana.

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