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Kings of Cocaine

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Enter the terrifying world of the drug-lord demons of the Colombian Medellin cartel, a handful of billionaire kingpins who run an international drug-smuggling enterprise that is more efficient than many multinational corporations. They have saturated America and the world with cocaine. Here is the most complete and revealing investigative history of this infamous organizat ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by HarperPrism (first published April 1989)
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Sep 12, 2012 Harmeet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Almost read like a fiction thriller.
However, it has one major defect that prevents me from recommending. It is old. 1989 release. A lot has likely changed since then.
Still it was interesting to read how nasty cocaine is and a perspective on how it's trafficking grew.
Jul 22, 2008 Daniel rated it did not like it
Awful writing.
Mikal Rian
Feb 27, 2014 Mikal Rian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent periodistic recounting of the main events and persons in the US, Nicaragua and Colombia concerning the drug trade. The focus is on the Medellín Cartel, the antinarcotics unit of Jaime Ramírez in Bogotá, the cooperation with US authorities, and the hunt for Carlos Lehder. The book starts out with the Miami Dadeland Mall shootings, then takes you to the friendship of George Jung (yeah, you saw him through Johnny Depp's eyes in Blow) and Lehder. The authors take the reader on Lehder's jou ...more
Jul 15, 2014 ShamSham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Though presented in simple and straight-forward journalistic prose, I found the book quite gripping. The rise of the Medellin cartel in the 1980's and the bribery and barbarities it committed to expand and protect its position was staggering. In Colombia alone, they assassinated the justice minister in '84 ... got half the Supreme Court killed in the Palace of Justice siege in '85 ... and in '88 killed the attorney general. Though the book was published in 1989 (before leading drug baron Pablo E ...more
Rich Martin
Sep 23, 2008 Rich Martin rated it it was amazing
I don't think any criminal organization ever topped the Medellin cartel in chutzpah, power or money. It was silver or lead -- they bought you off or killed you. They assassinated police officers and journalists. They attacked the Supreme Court building in Colombia. They killed many thousands. Pablo Escobar was one of the wealthiest men in the world.
Apr 22, 2010 Walt rated it really liked it
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The definitive study on the Carlos Lederer cocaine smuggling operation. The authors connect him with the Medallin Drug Cartel; but their coverage of the Cartel itself is less specific and detailed.
Lauren Kinnear
Jan 12, 2013 Lauren Kinnear rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst writing ever. Good content, but the most uninteresting storytelling I've ever read. I couldn't even finish the book. I used to sit at my pool reading for hours every weekend and I gave this book many chances when I had nothing else to do BUT read, before just giving up.
May 09, 2008 Rae rated it liked it
A riveting account of the history and "current" (1990) activities of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia. I was amazed at the phenomenal amount of money involved...easily a small country's worth of green.
Patrick Jr.
Jun 25, 2014 Patrick Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this doing some research for a novel. Being born and raised in Miami (born in '83) it was almost surreal to read about all this stuff that was going on in the city before and right after I was born. Really eye opening and entertaining.
Jim Holscher
Oct 20, 2012 Jim Holscher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that methodically walks you through the berth of the cocaine cartels without boring you. Well researched and very well written.
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