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Mafia in Havana

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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 seedy picture of Sinatra and the showgirls, mambo and marijuana, "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky.

"The Mafia in Havana" won the 1993 Casa de las AmA(c)
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 28th 2003 by Ocean Press (first published September 2003)
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Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
Cirules' book contains abundant pro-Castro propaganda that is sure to offend many Americans. However, much of his flag-waving is easy to spot and just as easy to ignore.

When he's not applauding the communist revolution, Cirules provides some valuable history. If he fails in convincing the reader of decades of outright collusion between U.S. Intelligence and organized crime, he at least succeeds in establishing the shared motivations of the two groups and in documenting their cooperative effort
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read on the topic (Mafia in Havana)
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, this book has an excellent and interesting premise: to demonstrate and examine the mafia activities in Cuba up to Castro's revolution in 1959. Unfortunately, it just isn't very good. The language is extremely clumsy - it's really hard to tell if this is more the cause of the original Spanish text or the translation. Certainly the translation is poor, but I'm getting the feeling that even in the original language the text would be rather pedestrian ( unless the translation is so truly horribl ...more
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Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Many of the Cuba scenes in the Godfather were based on the real story, according to the book
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Picked this book up on my trip in Cuba. An interesting perspective on Havana pre-embargo, and the relationship Cuba had with American mafia.
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