Kings of Cocaine: Inside the Medellín Cartel – An Astonishing True Story of Murder, Money and International Corruption

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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. 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.

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Thad Brown "tcb_tcb"

Excellent book, though the story is a little dated. This is an excellent book about what I would call ‘phase 1’ of the history of Colombian cocaine trafficking. Or maybe it would be better called ‘The Cessna Era’ since it was really in this time that cocaine was moved mostly in small planes, through Central America and the Caribbean, and then eventually through South Florida and on to parts various in the US. When the narrative in this book ends, in 1988, Pablo Escobar still had five years to live, the worst of the…

Jeff W Traylor

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Still a great read 16 years later… Originally published in 1989, Guy Gugliotta and Jeff Leen have written an astonishing account of the rise of the Medellin cocaine cartel. The book is well researched and the pacing keeps you turning pages. The authors were able to connect a number of separate dots which give the reader a clear picture of the enormity of the drug trade in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The organization of the drug lords (Escobar, Ochoa, etc.), the men aligned against them and the other bit players caught in…

that’s why you liked it there Rob Hurtubise!!

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