Sobel Weber Associates, Inc.

T.J. English

  • (William Morrow, Winter 2018)
  • by T.J. English
  • Foreign Publishers
    Pan Macmillan - Australia
    HarperCollins - Brazil
    Flammarion - France
    Heyne - Germany
    Piemme - Italy
    Hayakawa - Japan

    Debate - Spain
    Blink - U.K.

    Film Rights
    Sold to Paramount, for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way; to star Benicio Del Toro

  • A unique American gangster story that has never been fully told. The leader of "The Corporation," Jose Miguel Battle, Sr., ("El Padrino") was known as "The Godfather." He had been Batista's bag man, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the Mafia ran Cuba. Battle escaped to the States where he and other Cubans were trained by the CIA to invade the country at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs.

    The Godfather came out of that debacle as a certified hero to many Cuban-Americans. The core of the gang had been trained as a unit, and together they formed "The Corporation." They started out running the popular numbers racket, known as "bolita," but soon moved on to money laundering and murder. Battle and his associates never gave up the dream of killing Castro and reclaiming Cuba; they became financiers of the anti-Castro movement. The Corporation would survive and grow until finally being brought down by a detective who pursued them relentlessly for years.

    Journalist and author T. J. English brings to this project the same investigative and interviewing skills, as well as storytelling abilities, that have distinguished his previous bestselling books, among them HAVANA NOCTURNE and THE WESTIES.

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