The mind-blowing true story of Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel beyond their portrayal on Netflix.
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was a devoted family man and a psychopathic killer; a terrible enemy, yet a wonderful friend. While donating millions to the poor, he bombed and tortured his enemies - some had their eyeballs removed with hot spoons. Through ruthless cunning and America's insatiable appetite for cocaine, he became a multi-billionaire, who lived in a $100-million house with its own zoo.
Pablo Escobar: Beyond Narcos demolishes the standard good versus evil telling of his story. The authorities were not hunting Pablo down to stop his cocaine business. They were taking it over.
Shaun Attwood's War on Drugs trilogy - Pablo Escobar, American Made, and We Are Being Lied To - is a series of harrowing, action-packed and interlinked true stories that demonstrate the catastrophic consequences of drug prohibition.
©2016 Shaun Attwood (P)2016 Shaun Attwood
Good topic, some good information, many left wing comments and ideas, sadly I probably would have liked it much better, but I couldn't stand the voice of the reader, unless he is the author I don't understand what does a British person belong in a book about south America drug trafficking, nor the voice was pleasant.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Pablo Escobar's story is larger than life : he has been at the helm of a criminal network that has fought successfully for a long span of time against the government of his own country, the CIA, DEA, other drug cartels...Shaun Attwood had a great subject to treat , but it does randomly and without real insight into Escobar character. In fact the truly bad guys here are the US government (in particular Reagan and Bush) and the CIA that not only used the narcos for their dirty war agains the leftist in South and Central America , but also imported and distributed drugs in the US causing deaths and addiction of so many Americans...Very little evidence is brought to support this thesis, but probably nowadays - where truth is an option and manipulation a must - it is ok to write this stuff...Attwood also believes that drugs liberalisation (including cocaine and other heavy stuff) is the only way to fight against the narcos...Bof....
The book is very poorly read.
A real insite into narcos and politics. Would definitely recommend. The only downside being I had to listen on .75 speed as the narration was 'on speed'!
"Follows on from Netflix 'Narcos'"
interesting viewpoint on a story often told. the political background on drug prohibition is particularly interesting
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