America’s Last Stand

“I’ll tell you why the Capri is my favorite casino. You know, the Mafia hired an actor, George Raft, to front for the Capri. Raft acted a gangster so many times people thought he was. He thought he was. Comes the night of the Revolution crowds start looting casinos. One mob heads for the Capri. Who goes out on the steps but Raft himself and says in his gangster voice, ‘No punks are busting up my casino.’ And they went away. He chased them. America’s last stand.”

—Martin Cruz Smith, Havana Bay

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