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The sugar king of Havana : the rise and fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba's last tycoon / John Paul Rathbone.

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  • ISBN: 9781594202582
  • ISBN: 1594202583
  • Physical Description: 304 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-292) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A triste tropical tryst -- The betrayal of José Martí -- A sense of home -- Sugar rush -- Death in the morning -- A talent for speculation -- The emerald way -- Sun, sea & shootings -- Imperial affairs -- At the altar -- Crepúsculo.
Summary, etc.:
In this dual history of a man and a nation, Financial Times journalist John Paul Rathbone uses the stranger-than-fiction story of Julio Lobo, a Cuban sugar magnate who controlled the world sugar market throughout much of the first half of the 20th century, to reveal the luxuries enjoyed by the elite class in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 July #1
    Like Tom Gjelten in Bacardi and the Fight for Cuba (2008), journalist Rathbone evokes pre-Castro Cuba through one of the country's most successful enterprises, in this case, a sugar empire built by Julio Lobo (1898–1983). Beginning as a trader in his father's firm, Lobo became, by the 1930s, a force in the global sugar market. Rathbone recounts Lobo's speculative coups en route to direct ownership of cane fields and mills. A visitor to Lobo's office, homes, and mills in Cuba, Rathbone contrasts the dilapidation of contemporary Cuba with the look of the prerevolutionary country that he recovers from both Lobo's biography and that of his own Cuban-born mother, whose social life tangentially intersected with Lobo's world. The present/past technique effectively dilutes the polarizing imperatives of pro- and anti-Castro presumptions and restores a realistic sense of what 1950s Cuba was like, including the guarded optimism with which many upper-crust Cubans such as Lobo initially viewed Castro's seizing of power. Rathbone's care with social atmosphere lifts his portrayal of Lobo above the usual life-of-a-tycoon and enriches the historical understanding of readers contemplating post-Castro Cuba. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

John Paul Rathbone was born in New York and raised in England. Currently the Financial Times' Latin American editor, and a former editor of the FT’s prestigious “Lex” column, he is a graduate of Oxford and Columbia Universities, and has worked as an economist at the World Bank, and as a journalist. His articles have appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Colombia’s El Espectador and Esquire magazine, where he was business columnist from 2002-2003. He lives in London.

Subject: Lobo, Julio, 1898-1983.
Sugar trade > Cuba > History > 20th century.
Businessmen > Cuba > Biography.
Cuba > History > 1895-

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