The drugs, the sex, the excess, the violence--this is the true story of Pablo Escobar, the most successful drug-dealer in history. Award-winning journalist and author of Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden exposes, with unflinching accuracy, the legendary Medell'n drug-trafficking cartel. Starting from humble beginnings in a Medell'n suburb, Pablo Escobar muscles his way through the mean streets. From small-time car thief and local hoodlum, he soon rises to fame as a ruthless gangster. Already owning whole marijuana growth and distribution enterprises in the early 1970s, Escobar forges ahead to develop an unimaginably lucrative cocaine empire. By the early 1980s, Pablo is a multibillionaire, owning every extravagance money can buy, and wielding the power to unofficially select Colombian presidents. Killing Pablo concludes with lurid details of the unbelievable 16-month manhunt for Escobar that ended with his execution. Pete Bradbury narrates this account of a criminal mastermind who was also an admired Colombian folk hero.
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"Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord, has to have been one of the most successful criminals who ever lived. He grew so rich that he could affect elections and paralyze or corrupt almost any law enforcement agency that moved against him. When caught at something he couldn't murder or bribe his way out of, he made a deal to build, stock, and staff his own "prison" on his own property on a site of his own choosing and was furious when forced to "escape." Mark Bowden marshals the details of this amazing tale with his usual narrative skill, and Pete Bradbury does the text complete justice. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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