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This is the story of the most successful cocaine dealers in the world: Pablo Escobar Gaviria, Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, Carlos Lehder Rivas, and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha. 

In the 1980s, they controlled more than 50 percent of the cocaine flowing into the United States. The cocaine trade is capitalism on overdrive - supply meeting demand on exponential levels. Here you'll find the story of how the modern cocaine business started and how it turned a ragtag group of hippies and sociopaths into regal kings as they stumbled from small-time suitcase smuggling to levels of unimaginable sophistication and daring.

The $2 billion dollar system eventually became so complex that it required the manipulation of world leaders, corruption of revolutionary movements, and the worst kind of violence to protect.

©1989 Guy Gugliotta and Jeff Leen (P)2018 Tantor

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Almost Perfect.

This book well written, but since its copyright date is 1989, it's incomplete and MAJOR parts of the story are missing. the epilogue rushes through some of them. Still, it's probably the most informative audio book on the history of Medellin cartel. It was also refreshing to finally listen to a book on cartel history that wasn't written with the authors political views in mind.

The narrator is top notch too.

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No other book like it

This is straight from the top level reporting of the 1980s drug wars. The book is a gem from the era that has stood the test of time. Not big on conjecture or opinion. Just solid reporting.