TJ English-Author of THE CORPORATION.

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English is “America’s top chronicler of organized crime” (Christian Science Monitor) and with THE CORPORATION he expands upon the atmospheric, rich topic of the mafia’s reign in Cuba that he explored in the New York Times bestseller Havana Nocturne, now revealing how political revolution led to the birth of a powerful Cuban exile crime organization in the U.S.

By the mid-1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic melting pot; one of the most ruthless organizations was none other than the Cuban mob, let by José Miguel Battle, known as El Padrino, the Godfather. The Cuban mob’s primary criminal racket was a simple game of numbers known to law enforcement as “policy” or “the numbers racket” but to Latinos and on the street as “bolita.” Betting the number was a hugely popular activity, with nickels and dimes wagered by average citizens adding up to billions of dollars for Battle and his underlings. The organization’s power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in South Florida’s exile community and stretched up the east coast to New York and New Jersey. This organization became known as “the Corporation,” and for decades it ruled supreme, even outstripping the Italian Mafia, until it all come crashing down in a crescendo of violence

An epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets, THE CORPORATION reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster stories that has been overlooked—until now.

T.J. English has appeared on national television programs such as The Daily Show with John Stewart and CBS This Morning as well as Fresh Air in 2008, he is a captivating interview.  Drawing on the detailed reporting and impressive volume of evidence that drive his bestselling works, English offers a riveting, in-depth look at this powerful and sordid crime organization and its hold in the US.

The book has already been subject of a hot auction in Hollywood with Paramount snapping up the film rights in the first deal for Appian Way Productions, with Leonardo DiCaprio producing and Benicio Del Toro attached to play José Miguel Battle Sr.—the “godfather” of THE CORPORATION.

 

 

THE CORPORATION:

“It’s a gripping, blood-soaked story, rich in drama and
suspense; if it were a novel, you might expect to see Don
Winslow’s name attached to it. Fans of true crime, especially
those with a hankering for epic-sized stories, should flock to

this book.”
— Booklist

“This corporation is the Cuban exile version of the Mafia,
and its adventures and misadventures might make Don
Corleone blanch.… Battle … might have made a good study
for Scarface…. English capably covers half a century of
criminal enterprise, avoiding the clichés of the true-crime
genre while stocking his narrative with familiar players: the
capos and goons, the cops and informants, a mistress or two,
and John F. Kennedy…. Fascinating reading.”

— Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Havana Nocturne:
“A whiz-bang account of the Mafia’s short-lived romp

through 1950s Cuba.”
— New York Times Book Review

ON SALE MARCH 20, 2018

T.J. English has been crowned “America’s top chronicler of organized crime” (Christian
Science Monitor) and with THE CORPORATION (William Morrow, On Sale: 3/20/2018, ISBN
13: 9780062568960, $28.99) he expands upon the atmospheric, rich topic of the mafia’s
reign in Cuba that he explored in the New York Times bestseller Havana Nocturne, now
revealing how political revolution led to the birth of a powerful Cuban exile crime
organization in the U.S. The book has already been subject of a hot auction in Hollywood
with Paramount snapping up the film rights in the first deal for Appian Way Productions,
with Leonardo DiCaprio producing and Benicio Del Toro attached to play José Miguel Battle
Sr.—the “godfather” of THE CORPORATION.
By the mid-1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic
melting pot; one of the most ruthless organizations was none other than the Cuban mob, let
by José Miguel Battle, known as El Padrino, the Godfather. The Cuban mob’s primary criminal
racket was a simple game of numbers known to law enforcement as “policy” or “the numbers
racket” but to Latinos and on the street as “bolita.” Betting the number was a hugely popular
activity, with nickels and dimes wagered by average citizens adding up to billions of dollars
for Battle and his underlings. The organization’s power stemmed from a criminal culture
embedded in South Florida’s exile community and stretched up the east coast to New York
and New Jersey. This organization became known as “the Corporation,” and for decades it
ruled supreme, even outstripping the Italian Mafia, until it all come crashing down in a
crescendo of violence.
An epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets, THE
CORPORATION reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers,
corrupt cops, hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga
of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking
openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many
decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger
backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster
stories that has been overlooked—until now.
T.J. English has appeared on national television programs such as The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart and CBS This Morning, he is a captivating
interview. Drawing on the detailed reporting and impressive volume
of evidence that drive his bestselling works, English offers a riveting,
in-depth look at this powerful and sordid crime organization and its
hold in the US.

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