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Fascinating study but more politically-focused that I imagined. It makes a meaningful contribution to the study of organized crime even if the Mafia's role gets lost at times.
A well written, extremely well researched telling of the tale of Castro's Cuba and how it got to be his.
This is a fascinating, in depth look at the Cuban revolution and its effects in the mid 20th. century. It deals comprehensively with the the guerrilla war, the Bay of Pigs, the missile crisis, the Kennedys, Kruschev, the CIA and its relations with the mafia, the many assassination plots on Castro, the attacks by the exiled Cubans, the hypocrisy of politics, and more and more and more.
The account of the build up and culmination of the missile crisis is truly gripping, and there are intriguing stories of minor characters - such as Jack Ruby - and major ones such as the dictator Battista and his greed and tyranny.
The book's title is very odd though. Gangsterismo is certainly one theme, but I wouldn't call it the major one. The Mafia features, as does its influence in pre-revolutionary Cuba and its later involvement in trying to kill Castro, but this is not a book primarily about The Mob. It is about the drama and complex politics surrounding the revolution - and how close to the apocalypse we came...
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Mentions the influence of the mafia at the beginning of the book but then the next 70% of the book is US/Cuban/Soviet politics with no mention of the mafia until shoe-horned in a final paragraph at the end.