"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
"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 Americas 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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