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Hotel Nacional, Havana

Havana's Hotel Nacional Havana

"When I got to the room the bellhop opened up the curtains on them big windows and I looked out. I could see almost the whole city. I think it was the palm trees and it made me feel like I was back in Miami. All of a sudden, I realized for the first time in over ten years that there was no handcuffs on me and nobody was breathing' over my shoulder, which was the way I used to feel even while I was wanderin' around Italy. When I looked down over the Caribbean from my window, I realized somethin' else; the water was just a speretty as the Bay of Naples, but it was only ninety miles from the United States. That meant I was practically back in America."
- Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, in
"The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano"

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