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Drug Lord: A True Story: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin

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""Drug Lord" is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."--Don Winslow, author of "The Power of Dog" and "California Fire and Life"

"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."--Charles B
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published April 1990)
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Valerie  Shampine
Drug Lord: A True Story: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin (Kindle Edition)

Its quite a story about Pablo Acosta, a Drug Lord who worked his way up, starting out as a roofer and subcontractor in the US, dealing small amounts of drugs as a sideline, and traveling to a small town in Mexico near the border to visit family. When his predecessors eventually lost power or were arrested, he had gained enough know how and connections to take a shot at taking the reins himself. Tells how things bec
Juan Alvarado Valdivia
I enjoyed this book. It was a breeze to read, which is a testament to its crisp prose, its vividness in recreating these events. However—and I’ve never lodged this protestation for any other nonfiction book before—but I felt like there were too many details peppered throughout the book that the author couldn’t have possibly known. Here’s a few examples, a few places where Poppa wrote very specific character actions or conveyed their mental interiority despite not being those real-life figures, n ...more
Pablo Acosta (an American, it turns out), showed them all how to do it. He took over the drug route in Ojinaga, just west of the Big Bend on the Mexican side. He was the king of the trade after the killing of DEA agent Kiki Camarena brought down the Guadalajara smuggling organization of Ernesto Fonseca and mentor to "the Lord of the Skies", Amado Carrillo Fuentes. But Acosta in many ways created the character: violent, generous, with a wife and a ranch and girlfriends, an organizational genius w ...more
Michael Flanagan
Drug Lord is the tale of the rise of king pin Pablo Acosta in Mexico's cut throat drug trade. The author does well to give the reader a sense of the seedy and violent world of drug running with the right mix of action and information.

What I got from this book was a look into the machinations of running drugs over the US/Mexico border from the politics and corruption to the risks and money to be made from it. The author has taken time to paint a realistic picture of this world and has not tried t
Interesting book for me because of my profession. I tried to check this book out of the Midland library, but was told that it could not be checked out anymore. Apparently, family members of people mentioned in the book kept stealing it as a souvenir, or perhaps a family heirloom.
Nate Hendrix
This chronicles the rise and death of a Mexican drug lord. It is entertaining and educational. It is interesting to read about how easy it was to bring drugs and people into the US from Mexico. 9/11 changed a lot of that.
Poppa does a great job of succinctly describing the narco trade worked under and above Pablo Acosta. In order to understand the current narco crisis in Mexico one has to read this book to give you context.
I found this book to be very interesting since so much of it took place in my hometown. I had no idea that this sort of thing was going on....yes, I was very young but wow. I really enjoyed the book.
Cool insights in to drug trafficking operations, Mexico's violent underworld, the embedded corruption of the Mexican Government, and the daring law enforcement personnel who dismantle these operations.
Phil Overeem
One of the best true crime books I've read in a long while, and a detailed, fascinating, and disturbing look at the workings of the Mexican narco-state of the '80s.
Beth Morgan
For anyone who is interested in learning what the drug trade in Mexico, this is highly recommended reading. Very thoroughly researched.
Beau Smith
Superb book on the start of the hardcore drug wars and how they were formed and run. Great reference book!
Lori Anne
Anyone who wants to know anything about the U.S.-Mexico drug trade should start with this book.
A very illustrative piece on Mexico's veiled history: the one about the drug cartels birth.
Exciting history, well told, especially for agate hunters in that part of Mexico!!!
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