(Don’t know whether this counts as a thread on the same topic or not. FTR I started one thread on Batista.)
I recently reread thistrue-crime book I own, a nonfiction account of Cuba (particularly Havana) in the early 1940s and 1950s when the country was practically a mob-run state and American gangsters had President Batista in their pockets. I love it mainly because it’s a country It’s full of lots of anecdotes about gangsters, politicians, tourism and general decadence.
One of the facts I discovered was that Batista apparently became bulimic near the end of his presidency. And that United Fruit was called “El Coloso” in Banes. Also that Meyer Lansky and the former president rarely met in person.
Sidenote: Ever since I found out about the novel The House Of The Scorpion (which some and knowing what I do about his life I wondered whether Nancy Farmer may have taken some of her inspiration for the drug-lord villains of El Patron and the Farmers (hah) from Batista and his Havana Mob. Both men are dictators, born into impoverished rural families in Latin America. Both of them are gangsters (well Batista was practically a mobster himself, paid by Meyer Lansky to let the Mob control the gambling and tourism industries. Basically he was in it deep.) Batista’s Cuba and El Patron’s Opium both had economies based to a large extent on organised crime.
Anyone else own this book or read it?