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Publisher's Summary

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

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Much more than Netflix docs; war on drugs exposed

Having watched Narcos and after reading the books by Pablo’s son and Mark Bowden, I moved onto this one, which is original in its perspective of the war on drugs. None of the others confronted the role of the corrupt US government and the CIA. In Pablo’s son’s second book, which came out after this one, he finally details his father’s relationship with the CIA, who were complicit in cocaine trafficking to finance wars against communism in Nicaragua and central and South America. Perhaps that’s the reason why Pablo’s son’s second book is only available in Spanish. This author goes where the rest have not. For those who like war on drugs stuff, I recommend his entire war on drugs series.

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  • Jj
  • 01-29-18

BAD

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really.

Would you recommend Pablo Escobar to your friends? Why or why not?

Book is riddled with bias and concepts akin to general playground gossip.

How could the performance have been better?

For the love of GOD.....Why would you pick a narrator who CANNOT PRONOUNCE "OCHOA" or "NICARAGUA" ! Absolutely maddening.

Was Pablo Escobar worth the listening time?

NO

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I was a good and Ineresting book

I liked the book. I gave me an idea of what really happend during his life and how his cartel rose and fell

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The perspective comes across anti-American and almost pro Pablo

The narrator was just a little less than horrible. I felt like I was listening to an unenthused lecturer. Even when narrating gruesome scenes of bodies being dismembered, of kidnappings, of traitors being found out, etc...he reads in a monotone way with understated inflections from start to finish.

The author comes across as a bit of a fan of Escobar while continuously bashing the US, the CIA, and our laws while diminishing our right to enforce our laws. Having read many stories about the cartel, the good and bad of our DEA/CIA at the time, and the murderous norms of the drug trafficking world, I think this is by far the worst book overall. Regardless of biases, he skirts over critical truths to make points that only give half of the reality.

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  • Blake
  • Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 11-24-17

A straight rip-off of Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo

While an interesting book, almost every single quote is lifted from a far more thorough telling, Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo. And when I say every quote I mean every quote. No footnotes, no credit. In my opinion, this is hastily produced effort largely focused on capitalizing on the popularity of Narcos— which is fine— but give credit where credit is due.

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Riveting truth of our selfish, money hungry govmt

If you think your government cares about you, you are sadly mistaken. Everyone should read this series. The U.S government cares only for itself.

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Complete waste of money.

This book is all over the place. it's starts off about Pablo Escobar then turns into a narrative about the injustices of black minorities in the US and how the CIA is trying to poison them. the author stays on that subject for at least a 3rd of the book. complete left wing liberal BS. on top of that, the author reminds you of his other book at least 10 times. smh...

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The criminal Bush regime

Reminded me of the criminals we are continuing to elect to our highest office. it is. study of greed and the calousness of the American elite who operate above the law

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Good topic

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.

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  • antonio
  • genthod, Switzerland
  • 01-22-17

An impressive story poorly written

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.

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  • Jude Bailey
  • 03-25-17

Very enjoyable

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'!

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  • Jws
  • 09-03-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Would you consider the audio edition of Pablo Escobar to be better than the print version?

Cannot comment only heard the audio

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pablo Escobar?

I could not pick one moment in the book I found the whole book fascinating, his story is incredibly interesting, seeing the good the bad & the ugly side of this man.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it, the story unfolded in such a way that I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter and have a better understanding how Pablo Escobar practically ruled a country

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was surprised that I felt a little sad when Pablo Escobar was finally killed, I don't condone any of the grotesque things that he did, but the book gives a good incite on how corrupt the US was and the Columbian government and how they mirrored a lot of the things that Pablo Escobar did but did not have to answer to anyone!!

Any additional comments?

I would strongly recommend this book, I found it totally fascinating. 10/10

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  • Jon Holt
  • 11-28-17

phenomenal!

Pablo was not only a modern day Robin Hood, but a major player in the chess game he was playing not only with the U.S. The Columbian government and other Cartels. He really was so misunderstood and you need to listen to the true story!

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  • Jayceon1888
  • 10-09-17

This is the reality of life

Exposes the corruption and the hypocrisy of America anyone with a brain and has ever read a book knows has went on for years and and will continue as the US banks try to stop America going bankrupt. all else GREAT STORY

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  • Tony Mc
  • 02-24-17

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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