By Carlos Rodríguez Martorell DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Glitzy casinos, a rousing mambo-fueled nightlife and a lurking gue-rrilla have made 1950s Havana the stuff of legend.
“People didn’t know about the extent in which mobsters owned banks and controlled financial lending institutions in Cuba,” says English.
“I would say [Batista] was an equal partner with the mobsters,” says English, a 50-year-old New Yorker of Irish background who is the author of several books about the mob.
All to the tune of Latin music’s golden age.
But the bearded leader’s tolerance was not to last, and soon afterward the government seized control of all U.S. corporations’ holdings in Cuba, casinos included.