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3.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 5 3.98 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. J. English Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400177691
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In Havana Nocturne, T. J. English offers a riveting, multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution, and international conflict that interweaves the dual stories of the mob in Havana and the event that would overshadow it: the Cuban Revolution. Bringing together long-buried historical information and English's own research in Havana-including interviews with the era's key survivors-Havana Nocturne takes readers back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who would lead the country's disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government and its foreign partners-an epic cultural battle that English captures in all its sexy, decadent, ugly glory. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • English's engaging narrative reads with the gripping quality of fiction.... Highly recommended. Library Journal
  • “A whiz-bang account of the Mafia’s short-lived romp through 1950s Cuba.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A tight storyteller, English provides a juicy mix of true crime and political intrigue, all set against the sexy sizzle of Havana nightlife.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “While Havana Nocturne makes you glad that Batista and his gangster pals ultimately got what they deserved, it also makes you regret never having gotten the chance to soak up a few mojitos while catching the floor show at the old Tropicana.”

    Village Voice

  • “[An] excellent new book…[English] provides a detailed account of the personalities and elements that made up Cuban life. His well-researched descriptions of how business, gambling, politics, revolution, music, and religion all played off each other give Havana Nocturne a broad context and a knowledgeable edge.”

    Washington Post

  • “True-crime writer English presents an empire-building saga in which the ‘Havana Mob’ of American gangsters, led by visionary financier Meyer Lansky, controlled Cuba.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “English’s engaging narrative reads with the gripping quality of fiction: the dark underworld of Havana comes to life…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Crime writer English unfolds a story whose main outline will be familiar to any fan of The Godfather: Part II, but whose twists and turns no screenplay could keep up with.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/19/2011

    " This history of the Mob's involvement in Cuba prior to Castro's revolution is well-researched and well-written - lots of fascinating detail on the specifics of casino and nightclub life in '50s Havana and organized crime generally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/19/2011

    " really interesting, although grim and sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/29/2011

    " Great read. Mafia, politicians, power brokers. A great take on an interesting time. Well researched "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 3/26/2011

    " great book. meant for adults. very well researched. fantastic story eye opening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 3/2/2011

    " Extremely well researched, very well written. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 2/26/2011

    " Good history of mob influence in Cuba before Castro. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/25/2011

    " Reads like a novel so much that I was only jolted back to reality when I recognized a real-life name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/27/2011

    " WOW! Some eye-popin' stuff in here! Who knew? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/1/2011

    " An excellent story but the book would have been better without so much detail
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 12/17/2010

    " Very informative on Cuba history and revolution. I had no idea organized crime was so involved. A very fun and interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 11/29/2010

    " Fascinating page turner + great history lesson + great stories, very well researched, organized and written. Didn't want it to end.
    (Full disclosure: I met the author in a hand percussion class in the mid-90's, and he was a great guy. ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/9/2010

    " This was a good read though it tended to be a little too pro-Castro. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 11/7/2010

    " Rather shocking account of the Mafia's deep connections with the Batista regime and plans to own Havana. Castro cleaned it up, but at what price? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/23/2010

    " Enjoyed the historical political view of our Neighbor Cuba. Reminded me of recent events with the Banks and Wall Street. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland | 10/18/2010

    " Well written book about the U.S. mob in Havana leading up to the time of Castro's Revolution in 1959. Lot of research has gone into this book, it puts into perspective events that lead to the Cuban Revolution. "

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About the Author

T. J. English is a noted journalist, a screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City, as well as of The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Vanity Fair, Playboy, and Esquire, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes of the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”