In The Sugar King of Havana, John Paul Rathbone tells about the rise and fall of sugar mogul Julio Lobo, one of Cuba's most powerful and wealthiest businessmen in the decades before the Cuban Revolution. Lobo's fortune made him more than just rich; in a country where, today, personal wealth and property ownership is illegal, Lobo's affluence elevated him to legendary status. As Rathbone explains, "In Havana today to have Croesus-like wealth is referred to as ser rico como un Julio Lobo - to be as rich as a Julio Lobo. After almost five decades of communism he has become emblematic of a way of life that existed before Castro's revolution did away with such men." And certainly the events of Lobo's life - glamorous love affairs, extreme financial risks (with both positive and negative outcomes), numerous attempts on his life, an unyielding entrepreneurial drive, and a fateful ...
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