Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba & Then Lost it to the Revolution by T.J. EnglishIn modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere—old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars & flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar & often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T.J. English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution & international conflict that interweaves the dual stories of the Mob in Havana & the event that would overshadow it, the Cuban Revolution.
As the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the 50s, Mob leaders Meyer Lansky & Charles Lucky Luciano turned their eye to Havana. To them, Cuba was the ultimate dream, the greatest hope for the future of the US Mob in the post-Prohibition years of intensified government crackdowns. But when it came time to make their move, it was Lansky, the brilliant Jewish mobster, who reigned supreme. Having cultivated strong ties with the Cuban government & in particular the brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista, Lansky brought key mobsters to Havana to put his ambitious business plans in motion.
Before long, the Mob, with Batistas corrupt government in its pocket, owned the biggest luxury hotels & casinos in Havana, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, the worlds biggest celebrities, the most beautiful women & gambling galore. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara & others who would lead the countrys disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government & its foreign partners—an epic cultural battle that English captures in all its sexy, decadent, ugly glory.
Bringing together long-buried historical information with Englishs own research in Havana—including interviews with the eras key survivors—Havana Nocturne takes readers back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devils playground for mob leaders. English deftly weaves together the parallel stories of the Havana Mob—featuring notorious criminals such as Santo Trafficante Jr & Albert Anastasia—& Castros 26th of July Movement in a riveting, up-close look at how the Mob nearly attained its biggest dream in Havana—& how Fidel Castro trumped it all with the revolution.
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Gambling is a deep-rooted Cuban tradition. There were a lot of Casinos and gambling places in Cuba before the revolution. Castro eliminate all of them, and made illegal all types of Casinos and gambling, as well as the lottery. He viewed gambling and other "sin industries" as a criminal waste of the nation's financial resources. Before you could bet on cockfighting, jai alai, horse racing or frequent casinos run by the American mafia and gangsters like the Jewish mobster Myer Lansky.
Diplomatic relations have been restored and the U. Travel restrictions have been eased, though Americans without relatives in Cuba still have to be part of educational or similar programs to visit the island nation. But Pres. Obama has done as much as he can on his own. It may be difficult for Americans to travel to North Korea or Iran. But Cuba is the only country in the world where American tourists and businesses bars are barred not by a declaration from the U.
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Although gambling in Cuba is currently outlawed , the country is definitely no stranger to games of luck. Havana, the capital of Cuba, is considered by many to be the precursor to Las Vegas. In , shortly after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro banned all forms of gambling. Still, gambling in Cuba remains a tradition, and games of luck are still played illegally in underground gambling dens. However, anyone involved in operating an illegal casino may face charges, a fine and possible imprisonment. Online gambling is not specifically regulated in Cuba, but is also considered illegal, because of the complete ban on gambling.
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