Kings of Cocaine
Inside the Medellín Cartel - An Astonishing True Story of Murder, Money and International Corruption
Guy Gugliotta & Jeff Leen
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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 fifty 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 rag tag 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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This books is as addictive as the cocaine the figures it discusses pushed.
The subject is fascinating, the storytelling is engaging, and the book is well-organized along a generally chronological order.
I simply could not put this book down. I like books on the drug wars and have read several of them. This one is easily the best.
The book was written a number of years ago before the Medellin Cartel was finally brought down. It would have been interesting to read the authors' detailed and interesting treatment of the final years of the Cartel and Pablo Escobar and other related figures. This is not to the detriment of the book. It is fascinating for what it is.
If you are at all interested in the Colombia cocaine era then read this book before any others.