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During the mid-1980s, Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and owned 25 companies throughout the world. Whether bars, recording studios, or offshore banks, all were money-laundering vehicles serving his core activity: dope dealing.

Marks began to deal small amounts of hashish while doing a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford, and soon he was moving much larger quantities into Europe and into America. The academic life began to lose its allure. At the height of his career, he was smuggling consignments of up to 50 tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and had contact with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA, and the Mafia. Numerous newspaper profiles, books, and television documentaries have been devoted to Howard Mark's life. Touched with humour, charm, and candour, Mr Nice is his own extraordinary story.

©1996 Howard Marks

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Wish it was the whole book

One of my favorite books, sad to see it cut down to about a third

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struggled to understand his speech

Hard to understand his English with his accent. dragging story, I feel its really boring too

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  • Jonb133
  • 11-07-16

Most of the book missing

Bit of a con. I read the book years ago and I thought I'd try it again but this is a fraction of what is in the book

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  • CC87
  • 03-08-17

Good story very interesting.

Amazing life Howard Marks led. Not as long as I thought though. Very clever man indeed.

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  • charles
  • 01-11-17

brilliant

amazing account ofhow an inelegant man became one of the world's best dope dealers. loved every second of his story

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  • Wendi
  • 08-30-16

Boring

Boring. Boring. Boring. oh by the way did I mention this was really boring monotoned drab voice

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  • G. Dickenson
  • 04-13-16

Not complete

large chunks of the book missing. still enjoyable though. i would still recommend getting the print version if you can

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  • Lucy
  • 02-21-16

struggled to hear in the car

was a good story, but needed a fair amount of concentration. The author and reader has a low pitched voice so was hard to hear over engine noise in the car.

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  • Andrew Ogden
  • 10-19-15

good but edited version

sections missing from copy I read but still good, just could be better. Another line to hit the word requirement.

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  • R. Kitzinger
  • 05-30-14

Good story but hard to follow

This was recommended to me and although I enjoyed the story, I found it hard to follow the accent and at times all the characters.

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  • Robert
  • 11-05-12

Mr Nice.

Mr Nice is a great book, narrated by the man himself, "Mr Howard Marks", made for an enjoyable experience. His biography was an insight to the early years of dope smuggling, Mr Marks being the formost and probably the greatest influance on the early years of "Dope" importation made for an exciting yet prolific insight into the "Dope" deals of the early days. Although driven by money "Mr Nice" also was about the love of the drug, the buzz of the deals, and the livestlyle too which he and his family soon became accustomed. Howard Marks is too many an iconic figure, and to have the man himself narrating was a nice touch, though I must say his laid back voice nearly had me nodding off on occasion. All told this book is a must read for "Dope" smokers, medicinal or otherwise!! 9/10.

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  • Adam
  • 03-01-17

Abridged version is waaaaay to short

Feels very rushed. Clearly a fascinating true story but characters introduced so quickly and glossed over it's hard to keep up.

Lots of key details about the smuggling and convictions remain unclear because of the concise nature of the way this is presented.