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WMG: House of the Scorpion

This book is inspired (at least partly) by Cuba before the Revolution.

  • El Patron is based on Fulgencio Batista.
    • Think about it; he's poor, had siblings die, and eventually is the dictator of a country controlled by organised crime. Batista was from a poor family, had a brother die from TB, and is notorious for practically handing Havana over to the Mafia. Both seem nice and are backed by the US.