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A revealing memoir of Colombian television journalist Virginia Vallejo's affair with the "King of Cocaine", notorious Medellin drug lord Pablo Escobar. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

At 33, Virginia Vallejo was part of the media elite. A renowned anchorwoman and socialite, and a model who appeared on magazine covers worldwide, Vallejo was the darling of Colombia's most powerful politicians and billionaires. Meeting Pablo Escobar in 1983, then becoming his mistress for many years, she witnessed the rise of a drug empire that was characterized by Escobar's far-reaching political corruption, his extraordinary wealth, and a network of violent crime that lasted until his death in 1993.

In this highly personal and insightful story, Vallejo characterizes the duality of Escobar. His charm and charisma as a benefactor to many Colombians contrast with the repulsiveness of his criminal actions as a tyrannical terrorist and enemy of many world leaders. Told from the perspective of the present day, and reflecting on her cooperation with the US Department of Justice in 2006, as she testified against high-ranking Colombian ministers on trial for conspiracy and murder, Vallejo offers a compelling work of both intimate reflection and critical journalism - a unique perspective on the Colombian drug wars and the endlessly fascinating figure of Pablo Escobar.

©2017 Virginia Vallejo (P)2017 Random House Audio

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It Was hard for me to concenntrate in the story for her heavy accent. I expect more about the book but is more about Virginia. How pretty she is, how smart and how easy is to change rich men.

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Waste of time listening to it...

While the narrator is great, the content of the book is worth nill, it is just the self-justification of a whore albeit a refined one. Drags on and on making references to philosophers and writers to sound more intellectual, but at the end of the day it is what it is. One rather insulting part for which I feel horrible for the families of the victims and the victims of Escobar is when she compares herself to innocent people tortured and killed. While a decent translation of the original Spanish text, some phrases were translated literaly without explaining the context (birds in reference to the “pajaros” and dying of starvation for “ morirse de hambre”). There is zero historical capital to be gained from this book.

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