The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld
The revolution that swept through Cuba in late 1958-1959 ushered in change but left a sour taste in the mouths of those on the outside. Jose Battle was a policeman who served as a bagman for the Batista government and the mafiosi who ran the casinos in Havana. The takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro and his communist brethren displaced the old guard. Jose Battle and his comrades would relocate to the US, where they would be guided by the CIA and encouraged to take back their country through force, which would lead to the Bay of Pigs Disaster in 1961. Battle would distinguish himself through heroic acts and by saving some of his countrymen from certain death. Battle and Brigade 2506 would be released in 1962 but would emerge with the intent of taking back their homeland. Battle utilized his leadership skills and knowledge of the Cuban Lottery (Bolita) to claim the spot of top boss. His rise and continuing dominance were colored with threats and death. His wealth was built on the die-hard dreams of the desperate gambler. The fall of his empire would be even more spectacular.
TJ English has illuminated the darkest of the underworld in his past works. The Corporation is the latest in an encyclopedia of crime exposes. No stone is left unturned in his work, from Bay of Pigs through Iran-Contra. A laudable biography of 50-plus years of turbulence.
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|Author||T. J. English|
|Page Count||592 pages|
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