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Marching Powder by Rusty Young
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Dec 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: addiction, capitalism, disturbing, homelessness, made-into-movies, memoirs, non-fiction, survival
Read in December, 2009

Marching Powder is the true account of Thomas McFadden, an English drug trafficker whose luck runs out whilst trying to pass through the airport in Bolivia with cocaine hidden in the spires of his suitcase. We follow his journey through his incarceration in one of the most unbelievable prisons to be found in all of South America, where most facilities are ridiculous in their own right. San Pedro is a place where children and wives live with their incarcerated fathers and husbands, where the best drugs on the continent are manufactured and smuggled out through the same women and children, and where capitalism and wealth rule daily life and their ability to survive.

This is a disturbing yet wildly captivating story of a world that doesn't seem plausible when you compare it to the prison systems that can be found in North America, or Europe even. I look forward to the movie that will be coming out in 2010 with Don Cheadle as Thomas. This is sure to be as big if not bigger a hit as Midnight Express was in the '70s.


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