It Don’t Help

when you have books like this being published. Reading this “review” demonstrates what I feared when I first heard about it. It only reinforces the perception that Cuba was a Mafia fiefdom. Try this beauty from the review on for clueless:

…a group of citizens decided to try and take matters into their own hands. Chief among these were Che Guevera and a zealot named Fidel Castro.

So, if I’ve got this right, as per Ms. Gail’s piece, the Mob ran Cuba, and the revolution was fought to remove them. Geez, you learn something new every day.

7 thoughts on “It Don’t Help”

  1. It is nothing more than revisionist history; one of the left’s favorite ways to promote their ideology.

    As Orwell put it in his book, 1984, “those who control the past, control the future.”

  2. Went to Amazon.com there was a decent review which “panned” this book

    at:

    http://www.amazon.com/Havana-Nocturne-Owned-Cuba-Revolution/dp/0061147710/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215355450&sr=1-1

    From Publishers Weekly
    Old Havana mambos on the brink of the abyss in this chronicle of Cuba in the decades before the 1959 revolution. True-crime writer English (Paddy Whacked) presents an empire-building saga in which the “Havana Mob” of American gangsters, led by visionary financier Meyer Lansky, controlled Cuba. Empowered by permissive gambling laws and payoffs to dictator Fulgencio Batista, the Mafia poured millions into posh hotels, casinos and nightclubs, skimmed huge profits and sought to make Havana its financial headquarters. The results: exuberant nightlife, a giddy Afro-Cuban jazz scene, sordid backroom sex shows and the occasional grisly gangland hit. English revels in purple prose (“the island seethed like a bitch with a low-grade fever”) and decadent details, including an orgy with Frank Sinatra and a bevy of prostitutes that was interrupted by autograph-seeking Girl Scouts and a nun. But his estimate of the importance of the Havana mob and its “showdown” with Castro’s puritanical rebels seems inflated. More supplicant than suzerain to Batista, the mob focused on internecine feuds and paid little attention to the brewing insurrection. The casinos, hotels and nightclubs were all the mob owned-but they sure threw one hell of a party. Photos. (May)
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  3. You silly deluded Bushitler followers. That yellowcake was never there. And if he had had it there Saddam wanted it only for peaceful purposes, like feeding his people! Bush lied about the WMDs! These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

  4. As I recall, the big casinos in the US were run by the mobs in the 1950’s as well. Its too bad the crime-fighting team of Fi and Che didn’t clean up Vegas for us as well.

  5. Actually thought the book wasn’t so bad and was more a “Gangster Tale” book than anything else. My take from the book is that the Batista regime was trying to develop the island as quickly as possible and as long as they got their cut didn’t much care who they dealt with as long as development happened. More or less like a few nameless large US cities that come to mind. -S-

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