The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld
“A mob saga that has it all—brotherhood and betrayal, swaggering power and glittering success, and a Godfather whose reach seems utterly unrivaled. What a relentless, irresistible read.”
— Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force
A fascinating, cinematic, multigenerational history of the Cuban mob in the US from "America’s top chronicler of organized...more
It wasn't surprising to learn, after reading the book, that the writing of it was spurred by Hollywood - the story of Jose Miguel Battle is as cinematic and dramatic as any mob movie, with flashes of The Godfather, Goodfellas and Scarface. English's research is comprehensive and ...more
It's definitely an ambitious tale, you can tell by the length, time span, and the amount of characters it attempts to cover. The story of the Cuban mafia is a hidden gem, just like Bolita is a hidden gem in the world of crime. It often goes unnoticed compared to the Mafia, black gangs like the Bloods and Crips, the Colombian cartels, and the infamous cocaine crime era.
Jose Miguel Battle, ...more
Having personally known Jose Miguel Battle and my involvement with the world of "La Bolita", it immediately sparked my interest in the book's content and legitimacy.
While there are many anecdotes still to be told and information on how "La Bolita" business operated, the ...more
The book starts out during the pre-Castro era, when Batista was the Scum Bag de'jour. The irony, which I did not know until reading the ...more
The Corporation is exactly what it sounds like; a story of the Cuban American underworld complete with crime, murder, deception, illegal gambling, and much more. Except to me the story wasn't epic like the title claims. I learned a lot from the book, which I had hoped since it's over 500 pages! Some parts were interesting, but a lot of it was very fact heavy, filled with overwhelming amounts of information. ...more
The Corporation, by T. J. English is the most detailed chronicle of a ruined life I have ever read. The main character evolves throughout the book from an honorable revolutionary and war hero into a monstrosity of evil, power and greed ultimately becoming a perfect sociopath. English captures the true nature of a RICO investigation. Unfortunately, the single-minded obsession of the lead investigator exposed him as ...more
I received a free copy of "The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld" by T. J. English, through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."
This is a lucid and detailed look at the Cuban American Criminal World. This book is both well researched and well written, given the reader historic information about heroes becoming criminals. Although, the book reads like a series of short novels, it seems to represent true history. "The Corporation" had to involve tremendous research and ...more
There is nothing better than a great crime story especially if it’s from a history that few of us know about.
I grew in NJ and it certainly related to many of the things I saw as a young adult but did not fully understand until this book.
Well researched and organized and a book you don’t want to put down. I need to find out what else this author wrote for my next read.
T.J. English’s masterful writing makes this historical account an easy read. Highly recommended for anyone interested in organized crime history or just great story telling. English brings the Battles to life and never loses sight of the battle between greed and pride that led to the creation and ultimate downfall of the Corporation.