How much money? According to Roberto, he and his brother's operation spent $1000 a week just purchasing rubber band to wrap the stacks of cash - and since they had more illegal money than they could deposit in the banks, they stored the bricks of cash in their warehouses, annually writing off 10% as "spoilage" when the rats crept in at night and nibbled on the hundred dollar bills.
At the height of this cartel's reach, in order to help them deliver their goods, the Escobars purchased thirteen 727 airliners from Eastern Airlines when that airline went bankrupt. They also purchased six Russian mini-submarines. Roberto knows - he did the books.
In short, this is Pablo Escobar's story in the words of one of his closest confidants, his brother Roberto. It's all here - the brutal violence inside the world of the drug cartel, dealing with American drug forces and the CIA, the problems the Escobars faced when going up against the Colombian mafia, even Pablo's moments of kindness and compassion towards less fortunate countrymen in Colombia. As Roberto points out, although many people view Escobar as a monster, thousands still visit his grave every year to mourn him, and revere him as a savior.
Now in his 60s, Roberto, who has served 10 years in Colombian jail for his part in the Medellin cartel, now wants to set the record straight, once and for all.
©2009 Roberto Escobar; (P)2009 Hachette
I regret contributing to the authors income. There is very little for the listener here unless it is a clear view of grasping self preoccupation and self delusion. The book is shot through with the same unrepentant rationalizations and finger-pointing recriminations that seem to naturally flow from degenerates and sociopaths throughout history. The author never apologizes, never reflects on his actions except to brag and in the end the accountant never accounts for his own actions.
Roberto Escobar was the accountant to the infamous Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug carlet. This is his story of the unbelievable amounts of money handled by the drug organization - where it came from, how the organization worked, and the physical accounting for the funds.
This is a page turner, well written and well read true crime history. The book will open the eyes of most people concerning the size and power of this cartel.
I would suggest that the reader read Roberto Sariano's "Gomorrah" before or after this book to understand other international criminal activity as well.
Roberto taking ownership of his past indiscretions
The most disappointing about the author is that to this day he still has a twisted account of of the truth. To him (and his entourage) he justified his motives by putting a political reason behind his story.
The narrator did a good job. He is not at fault over the Medellin Cartels horrific lifestyles
I would go see it with conditions. That all proceeds NOT go to Roberto but rather to the country and law abiding citizens of Colombia
Rather than Roberto focusing on Cancer and AIDS research (which I find hard to believe) he should have directed his efforts toward not condoning kidnapping, extortion and murder. Shame on him for not owning up to his treacherous history. No excuses Roberto. You were THEN, and are NOW, old enough to know right from wrong.
If you liked Mark Bowden's book KILLING PABLO you will love this book. Written by the brother of Pablo Escobar this book glamorizes the drug kinkpin's lavish lifestyle and dark crimes. I liked the insights into the cocaine market and how they transported and distributed the drug into America. WHo knows if this guy's account is really true?
I couldn't even finish this book. The author wrote about his brother as if he were a god, while saying he didn't approve of his activities. I expected a little repentance attitude but its not there -- don't waste your time on this one unless you just want to hear someone praise Pablo's fine work in keeping people in business and making them rich with the drug trade.
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