By T. J. English
To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba used to be the best desire for the way forward for American geared up crime within the post-Prohibition years. within the Fifties, the Mob—with the corrupt, repressive govt of brutal Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in its pocket—owned Havana's largest luxurious lodges and casinos, launching an unparalleled tourism growth whole with the main lavish leisure, top-drawer celebrities, stunning girls, and playing galore. yet Mob desires collided with these of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others who may lead an rebellion of the country's disenfranchised opposed to Batista's hated executive and its international partners—an epic cultural conflict that bestselling writer T. J. English captures right here in all its horny, decadent, gruesome glory.
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I told him that we was makin’ so much money out of his place in Covington [a Mobowned gambling casino in Kentucky] that plenty of guys were gettin’ rich off it, so how could he complain about takin’ a piece of income that taxes could never grab, to make even more. I laid it on him pretty damn hard and from then on there was no complaints. Lansky took over from there. Over the next few weeks, the cash was gathered and placed in suitcases. Lansky made arrangements to ﬂy to Havana with an associate, Joseph “Doc” Stacher, a fellow Jew whom he’d known since the early days on the Lower East Side.
So it was put to a vote . . The result was unanimous, and Bugsy was as good as dead. To his dying day, Lansky was adamant that it was not he who gave the order to have Ben Siegel murdered. On the contrary, he tried to save his life. According to Doc Stacher, who was quoted at length on the subject in Meyer Lansky: Mogul of the Mob by Dennis Eisenberg, Uri Dan, and Eli Landau, Meyer did all he could to save his friend. He begged the men to be patient and let Bugsy open the hotel “and then we can settle matters 38 H AVA N A N O C T U R N E with him if we ﬁnd out he’s been cheating us” .
On the contrary, Luciano never liked “Don Vitone,” as he sometimes called Genovese when he wanted to make fun of him. Luciano believed that Genovese had designs on being capo di tutti capi. The position of boss of all bosses was something that Luciano, Lansky, and others on the Commission had done away with when the Mustache Petes were eliminated and the Syndicate was born. At the last major Mob conference, which took place at the Statler Hotel in downtown Chicago in 1932, Al Capone suggested that Luciano himself accept the top position.