In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency. For several years during the 1980s, Webb discovered, Contra elements shuttled thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States, with the profits going toward the funding of Contra rebels attempting a counterrevolution in their Nicaraguan homeland. Even more chilling, Webb quickly realized, was that the massive drug-dealing operation had the implicit approval - and occasional outright support - of the CIA, the very organization entrusted to prevent illegal drugs from being brought into the United States.
Within the this audiobook version of Dark Alliance, Webb produces a massive amount of evidence that suggests that such a scenario did take place, and more disturbing evidence that the powers that be that allowed such an alliance are still determined to ruthlessly guard their secrets. Webb's research is impeccable - names, dates, places, and dollar amounts gather and mount with every page, eventually building a towering wall of evidence in support of his theories.
After the original series of articles ran in the Mercury-News in late 1996, both Webb and his paper were so severely criticized by political commentators, government officials, and other members of the press that his own newspaper decided it best not to stand behind the series, in effect apologizing for the assertions and disavowing his work. Webb quit the paper in disgust in November 1997. This audiobook serves as both a complex memoir of the time of the Contras and an indictment of the current state of America's press; Dark Alliance is as necessary and valuable as it is horrifying and grim.
©1999 Gary Webb (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The drug story is fascinating and sounds well researched, but it is sometimes hard to keep up with all of the people in audio form. If I were reading it, I would probably flip back and forth to remind myself of people.
I did not care for the voices to indicate different speakers although the Sam Nunn accent was pretty good. I am a bit of a nitpicker on pronunciation, and there were a couple of issues--Lawton Chiles pronounced as Chill-ays and the Medellin cartel pronounced almost as medallion.
Otherwise, I liked the narration--appropriate inflection and easy to follow.
Learning of the events I have read a lot about growing up this book tied them all together. what i previously thought were separate issues were actually one big one and are simply amazing. If you had any doubt some operate above the law this should settle that position once and for all. If you grew up during the Reagan years and remember the headlines this book will fill in many blanks. Well researched and written it is a powerful example that anything goes when people with power want to get something done. Scary and confirms many things I already believed. If you love history, documentaries, corruption and the manipulation of power its all here. Bravo to the author for a well crafted story if true its simple to hard to believe
My first experience with politics was sitting with an elderly women watching the Iran Contra Trials on C-Span. I was 4 or 5 and extremely bored. So when I saw this book I thought it would shed some light on what I was watching as a child. I was not prepared for this story. The story is amazingly riveting, backed up with evidence, you begin to gain respect for Rick Ross.
As the child of the 1980's I vaguely remember hearing phrases like Iran/Contra/ & something about how crack was the latest plague of the far off innner cities. It was a treat -as an adult- to finally hear the entire story in such an engaging format.
What can I say- the man's a master.
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“So that they may know at what altars their communities were sacrificed.”
This book is going to blow your mind. Some conspiracies are worse than the rumors.
In the early nineties, while investigating the Crack pandemic in L.A., Gary Webb was led further and further down the rabbit hole, finding evidence of the CIA’s involvement in drug trafficking to fund the Iran Contras everywhere he looked.
Webb pursued this story with exhaustive investigation, at the expense of his career. He was hung out to dry by the San Jose Mercury News when the government pushed back, but he collected his research and published this book.
Dark Alliance confirms all your worst suspicions about the CIA and the US’s secret wars. Funding their wars with the money and blood of the nation’s most downtrodden communities. Nicely done Reagan.
5 stars for the perfect narration. 5 stars for the compelling, deep-digging investigative work. This book blew my mind to put it lightly. The only con about it is that dozens of Hispanic names are thrown at you that you'll most likely forget and mix up save for the few key players. If you ever wondered why everyone in modern America was on crack in the 90's, well, this will pretty much answer it for you. And you'll also find out what happens to your stolen cars!
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
The dirty side of geopolitics is often a choice between two equally poor choices. The problem here is that a third choice wasn't taken...to not get involved at all. The US has tarnished itself with Iran-Contra and the Drugs-Contra connections. Webb expertly weaved through the details of the drugs for Contra episode leaving little doubt as to the extent of CIA involvement...even if they were indeed at arms length. A great read and a great listen! You'll want to finish it all in one go, if you could...
Gary Webb is awesome, Rummel sucks
He tries to play female characters, and should have gotten a female actor, or not tried. It was horrible.
I tried but it was only out for a couple weeks
for the love of god have them re-do the female 1st character
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This is a true story about how one reporter uncovers the CIA involvement in a lot of bad things!!! One phone call leads Gary Webb into the Dark Alliance of the CIA the Contras and the LA crack explosion. To think the CIA is to blame for bringing most of the crack in the late 70's and early 80's to the US for the resale to buy guns for the Iran Contra Affair. Guns and crack to fund a war thousands of miles away. It's all true and it's all in the transcripts and nobody wanted to know!!! Thanks to Gary Webb we probably know half the truth!! Good book and i can't wait to watch the movie To Kill the Messenger...
A plot. Character development. Storyline.
No clue what's going on... too confusing, no plot or organization of storyline. Never even finished it.
He didn;t. Good performance.
"Not what I was expecting"
Narration was fantastic!
I was expecting more of a story. Less of a statement
After about an hour the listening became easier. Once I had become more accustomed to the bombardment of facts.
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