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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,062 ratings  ·  288 reviews
"Scrivere di cocaina è come farne uso. Vuoi sempre più notizie, più informazioni, e quelle che trovi sono succulente, non ne puoi più fare a meno. Sei addicted. Anche quando sono riconducibili a uno schema generale che hai già capito, queste storie affascinano per i loro particolari. E ti si ficcano in testa, finché un'altra - incredibile, ma vera - prende il posto della p ...more
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Published April 5th 2013 by Feltrinelli
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Michael Finocchiaro
After the amazing Gomorrah and a few years of hiding from under a several million dollar death threat from the Camorra, and the great movie and TV show that came out of that work, Roberto Saviano wrote a second even more powerful analysis of the worldwide cocaine industry. In his typically interesting and yet terrifying style, he demonstrates the entire chain of cocoa plants to processed cocaine to international distribution to local dealers and corner boys and how the various interlocking mafia ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Brutal and compelling investigation of the international cocaine market

The scope and volume of the infomation in this book is staggering. Saviano has compiled what must have been years of research into every aspect of the massive trade in cocaine, from the fields where it is grown to the smallest retail transactions on the street. He uses a great deal of statistics and research to good effect, but I would have liked to have seen more reference to the origin of his sources. In any case, his argum

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It’s a good thing that Saviano is not a drug pusher because if he was, more people would be addicted.

Saviano’s Zero ZeroZero is a book about cocaine and the Cartels that control the ebb and flow as well as subtle effects on the society at large. Saviano looks at the global cocaine trade, so the focus is on the global aspects instead of the local dealer. While the Cartels get most of the focus, there is a powerful chapter about drug mules. The polic
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Saviano dedicates his book to his police bodyguards, for he’s a writer in that small and exclusive club: one with a target on his back. While Salman Rushdie, another famous alumni of the club, dared to say something critical about, Saviano took on Camorrah in his previous bestseller Gamorrah. His previous book was a passionately angry screed, in part based on his own personal experiences, against the Neapolitan mafia that were poisoning his home town of Naples. His anger dripped from the ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not entirely new stuff here as there are many books written on the subject of drug trafficking. This is just one of them. Not the best book on it, but still worthy to check out. Insight into the global reach of drug trafficking including Europe.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this book and just couldn't. The writing style was just so weird, I kept thinking, "Get to the point!"
Antoine Badel
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
A disjointed, pointless mess of a book. A laundry list of drug crime descriptions interspersed with the author's random musings on his life.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can always count on Saviano to see past the violence to expose the real cancer infecting society. His elegant writing cuts through the convenient fiction that it's the US war on drugs causing the chaos in Mexico and around the world.
Brandon Gutermuth
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intense, unsettling, lengthy, but I never wanted it to stop. This book changed the way I see the world. Some of the most beautiful, haunted, agonizing prose I have ever read. A work of art.
Augustin Gatman
Cocaine as pure capitalism. If you want to understand the world of drugs, money and how the world's economy work, read Saviano.
Daniel Polansky
I read this book.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Diane, Nick, Matt, Nikki, and all who are interested in criminal activity
Recommended to Doreen by: ARC from the publisher

Robert Saviano's, "Zero Zero Zero", is an amazingly detailed account about the big business of cocaine trafficking. Similar to his other book, "Gomorrah", Saviano provides overwhelming information about illegal activities and how these activities direct world politics and economy. "Zero Zero Zero", addresses cocaine's origins and its history. Beginning with Columbia and Mexico, these cartels operate as a multi-million dollar industry, while employing violence, bribery and in
Iain Macleod
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depressing and frightening but Saviano's investigation on how one illegal substance and the various cartels that push it and exert their own malignant influence on the world and its economy never relenquishes its grip on the reader. One of the few books I've read that's made me swear out loud in public whilst reading it.
Adam  McPhee
A history of the cocaine trade with some good anecdotes. Not as much analysis as I was hoping for, though. He makes a half-hearted argument for legalization at the end of the book, but he figures even that won't end the violence. Really want to read Gomorrah, his first book about the Camorra in Naples that he risked his life to write. He now lives with a 24/7 police bodyguard detail.

Most interesting stories were about:

1. Bruno Fuduli - pressured into giving up an honest life to to become a high
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since he wrote his internationally acclaimed exposure of the Neapolitan Camorra, Robert Saviano’s life has been in constant danger and he is now always accompanied by armed Carabinieri. He will only have made more enemies with his latest book, an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) in-depth exploration of the international cocaine trade. Wide-ranging, detailed, often discursive, it’s a passionate and deeply felt account of how the drug trade works, who the key players are, and to what extent c ...more
The horrors of the cocaine economy build slowly but surely in ZeroZeroZero. Roberto Saviano starts with what seems like a cynical ploy--someone in your life, he says, is using coke. But by the end you find yourself nodding your head, overwhelmed by the numbers. With that much of the white stuff flowing across our borders, it's not at all surprising that there's a sort of secretive ubiquity. More importantly, Saviano digs into the ways organized crime and private armies have profited from the mis ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book in a Goodreads First to Read contest. There were some typos in this edition, as can be expected in a draft, so I am not going to waste my time talking about that. This was a very interesting read. This is the story of how drug cartels and what not came to be. They are very intricate, and have such assorted pasts. The author leaves us with a great question in our minds in the end. The only problem that I had personally had reading this is that it got a little confusing keeping tra ...more
Jason Gonsalez
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first I was wondering what did I get myself in to. But man with this Novel you realize that cocaine doesn't just hurt the person using it, it effects a lot more people than what you think. The brutal stories this writer speaks of are heart wrenching. No good news comes out of something involving the Drug Lords. Good for them for a bit but, in the end cocaine will find a way to even screw them and take them for all they've got too. If you ever wanted to know about cocaine and the people who gr ...more
Amar Pai
I found this to be a little verbose and rambling relative to Saviano's earlier masterpiece, Gomorrah. Still, Saviano deserves a lifetime achievement award for courage in reporting. So support him however you can.

This book is pretty current but things move so fast. Can't believe El Chapo escaped, AGAIN!

stop prohibition now
Giuseppe Veltri
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Not at the level of Gomorra, still a interesting book. Sometimes is a bit to narrow for example using cocaine to explain the capitalist system is far-fetched.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great works of non-fiction represent the efforts of their creators as a physical and moral force, a sometimes heroic undertaking. Some also aspire to literary greatness in both form, structure and style (something Fonseca achieves, for example, in Bury Me Standing). Saviano is under no illusions that the latter is even on his radar. He consciously disparages his lack of style and fluency as a writer. But he does aspire to a quiet heroism, made effective by the very real world dangers he faced in ...more
Ajay Palekar
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read.

Saviano unveils the inner workings of the global cocaine trade -- it's rules, armies, and the depth of its reach into the world economy. This is an epic broadening of perspective on literature on the drug trade that goes beyond crimes and seizures to paint portraits of the men behind the scenes, the global 'corporate' side of the drug trade, and the complex money-laundering operations and corruption schemes that allow it to function. This is as muc
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have previously reviewed Gomorrah, the book that made Saviano's name as a writer. That polemic against the Camorra, written with the heart-felt rage of a local who saw its effects on the city and the people he knew, was a deserved best-seller.

Zero Zero Zero takes a wider view, at the World-wide epidemic of cocaine. Starting where else but in Colombia, Saviano shows us how the big cartels were created, and then overtaken by their Mexican middle-men. As always the Italian connection is not too
Eliana Lima
I gotta say, boring and depressing are not a good combo. A lot of this book read like a Wikipedia article to me. Just long, winded descriptions of trafficker after trafficker and laundry lists of all the terrible things they did or witnessed. This is one of those books that tries to convince you that the world is a scary, awful place and we should all be cynical and wake up. Ugh. Not my kind of thing.

I will say it thankfully picked up a little toward the end with shorter, more focused chapters.
Donika Kamberi
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano hit me hard, I kept reading the first chapter for 3x because I started to imagine my bus driver that I go everyday from home to school taking cocaine, I imagined the shopkeeper near my flat taking cocaine... I imagined all the people that I deal with during the day taking cocaine, I became very suspicious and doubted at everyone and everything.
Saviano is a great investigator when it comes to the chain of black market, he is the only one to reveal this chain wit
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book – that I found randomly and was a bargain – is like a volume of an encyclopedia. As if it was the appendix to the word "cocaine", there is almost everything – the explanation of how it is the real cocaine, the history of its spreading and production, the connections with economy and politics, the details about the strong link with Italy, some emblematic stories – for me, the most impressive was the one about the businessman from Calabria, Bruno Fuduli. Saviano makes me spin ideally aro ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

Some of the chapters and passages in this book had me transfixed, unable to stop reading at the unamiganable horrors created by the drug trade. The violence and money involved in cocaine trafficking beggars belief and Saviano's reporting highlights those who profit the most from that misery. And it's not just the archetypal 'bad guys' that are easy to pinpoint, but institutions that make up every society, such as banks.

At times I felt there was a bit too much information in terms of names a
Eszter Balazs
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Saviano knows his story, obviously, but does not take enough care to deliver it in a way that the reader gets to know it, too. Fractions of stories, out-of-the-blue conclusions, stray soul-seeking, non sequitur episodes one after the other. I suffered it through because of the depth of knowledge the author has does result here and there in some pockets of comprehensive information, but in general, this is a mess, also failing to illustrate its main thesis that the economy revolves around cocaine ...more
Philip Girvan
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, it's scattered, but Saviano draws you in and illustrates, with examples, how the cocaine trade underwrites legitimate business. Amazing to consider how much worse the Great Recession of 2008-09 would have been had the illegal drug trade not been propping up the financial system.

Book contains any number of wild anecdotes and does provide some good history particularly on the rise of the Mexican cartels at the expense of the Colombians. A curious read that would have benefited from a mor
Andrea Maria Nucete
Every single book that I read from Saviano keeps increasing my affinity with Naples; after having spent there 11 years of my life as a teenager/adult I want to do something to make my land better, to help, to open eyes, and if that is reading and spreading Saviano's voice, then I will.

His fear of dying unheard, spoken in cane and without making an impact or change in this world is the same I have, so thank you for writing Zero Zero Zero Roberto!

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Roberto Saviano is an Italian writer and journalist.

In his writings, articles and books he employs prose and news-reporting style to narrate the story of the Camorra (a powerful Neapolitan mafia-like organization), exposing its territory and business connections.

Since 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particula
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