- Paperback: 361 pages
- Publisher: OR Books (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935928899
- ISBN-13: 978-1935928898
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966 Paperback – 2013
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The reader realizes this is a story that needed to be told, and documented, upon finding out that in 1960 the United States government seriously considered a variety of ways to kill Fidel Castro. If that proved too hard to achieve, another plan was to spay a chemical around the podium where he gave his speeches that would attack his beard and cause it to fall out. A beardless Castro, one analyst argued, would undermine his mystique with the Cuban people. Are you still with me here?
Such a bizarre tale, however, should not undermine the reader's confidence in what is an excellently written and researched history of how the American Mafia--or Gangsterismo, as author Jack Colhoun identifies them--first infiltrated Cuban society and then, despite the coming of the Castro era, attempted to maintain an influence there. The compelling narrative in the book, backed by an impressive array of primary evidence, introduces the reader to a world of corrupt Cuban officials and hardened criminals, both eager to profit from the visiting public's desire for casinos, beach-front hotels, and Cuban music, and how they worked together from the 1930s through to the late 1950s. Then came Castro with his revolutionary regime and all that came to an end. This is another hard-to-believe true story that needs to be read to be believed. The details will astound. Highly recommended!