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Moj otac Pablo Eskobar

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,838 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Priče koje ne bi trebalo da znamo.

Ako je neka porodična hronika istorija tišine, potrebno je da prođe vreme ne bi li se prolomila grmljavina istine.

Da li su najvećeg svetskog kriminalca u novijoj istoriji ubili pripadnici kolumbijske policije ili američke tajne službe, rivali iz neprijateljskog kokainskog klana ili je ipak postojala još jedna mogućnost? Ova i ostale tajne
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 26th 2015 by Laguna (first published November 1st 2014)
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So after watching Narcos last year, I had an urge to read about Pablo Escobar. I read a few articles, gawked at some of his photos, and sometimes got confused that why Wagner Moura wasn't in the pictures with his goofy smile and then realized that the real Pablo Escobar looked less handsome and was a real life narco and a terrorist who killed hundreds of people.

I read "Killing Pablo" by Mark Bowden a few years back and to be quite honest, it was a bit of a slog. After finding no other book to r
Hesamul Haque
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pablo Escobar, a Columbian drug lord was a highly fascinating figure. He is probably one of the most infamous criminals but he is also viewed as a hero by many and also known as the Robin Hood of the poor because of indispensable contributions he made to the society like building hospitals, sports grounds, schools, churches. As this book written by his son, there is nowhere seen that he is even a bit justifying what his father did. He was clever, a smooth talker, brutal and ruthless and killed t ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't elaborate so that I don't spoil it for the following readers... It's amazing to read first-hand details of what this family, specially the children, went thru to survive a life they didn't choose.

I know there are plenty of tv series that mimic Escobar's life. I've watched a few and can say that the most accurate, according to this book, is the Netflix "Narcos" series.
Linda Lipko
Written by the son of Pablo Escobar, he clearly outlines the price the family had to pay for a life they did not choose. At first, it was difficult to understand why his father was such a wanted man, then as he grew, Juan Pablo Escobar became very aware of the sheer violence and hedonism of his father.

Once while traveling in an SUV with his father during the day time, his father was made aware that at a check point, agents were ready to capture and kill him. As his father pulled off to another l
Miranda Lynn
At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I'm going to go ahead and label this book a MUST-READ for anyone who is a fan of Netflix's Narcos series.

Recently having finished season 2 of that amazing show, I happened to stumble across this book, which I'd previously never heard of, at my local library. Well, obviously, I had to pick it up and immediately devour it.

I was actually a little reticent to read it at first. There tends to be this phenomenon with TV series based on real-life events, where the bo
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I only know the basics about Pablo Escobar: he was a drug kingpin, he was incredibly wealthy, he was ruthless and he was murdered. This book gives us a look at the family side of Escobar and, for lack of a better term, his softer side. It's an inside look from a son about his father, therefore it is rarely critical of the choices made by the father. Juan is clearly disturbed by what his father did and the havoc he c

I'm not sure how credible a narrator PE's son is because he was only 16 when his father was killed and I don't know how sophisticated a teenager is in understanding the motives of the leader of an international criminal enterprise, Interesting back stories nevertheless, Just read it with a grain (or shaker) full of salt.
Jeremy Saldivar
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. I initially got this book because I really wanted to know more details of what it was like living with the notorious, Pablo Escobar. After watching the show, Narcos; It really grabbed my attention. When his son wrote a book, I had to read it for insight purposes. I enjoyed it for the most part, even though some of his writing was very biased. Something I understand considering it was his father. What son, or child, is going to really speak out against their parent. Especially o ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book hard to follow for a few reasons. There were way too many names and organizations to keep track of. It would've been helpful to have a chart or breakdown at the beginning of the book differentiating who was family, who was friend and who was foe. The author also skipped back and forth in time periods at some points, which made it confusing.

If you have even a mild interest in Pablo Escobar, you probably won't find a lot of new information in this book. There were a few personal
Sneha Ramchandran
The book starts off with the author being a tad defensive about his father, the most notorious drug lord in history. However, as the book progresses, it becomes very clear that the author was a victim himself being born into this world of crime and not having a way out even though he wanted his father to stop. As Escobar's son, he was privy to some of the most intimate details about the kingpin's personal and criminal life, which explains the extraordinarily detailed descriptions presented in th ...more
Alexandra Chubachi
This writing style of this book made it a pretty rough to read. It was pure information dump with unclear transitions. I wasn’t sure when a story was more or less impactful than the one before it, and was often confused as to how it related. There were so many people and Escobar often would introduce someone briefly only to talk about them pages/chapters later with the assumption we should know who they were or why they were significant.

The subject itself was compelling enough to get me through
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging, deeply emotional autobiography by the son of Pablo Escobar.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of other people I blasted through the T.V show Narcos with great delight. An enjoyable series with plenty of action and a gripping story line. But here's the rub You forget that these were real people and events that took place. So after I'd finished I decided to take a deeper look in to the real Escobar and that's when I came across this book. I was interested to find out what his son had to say about the real man.

Juan starts of at the end of his tory after Escobar had died Showin
Shaun Attwood
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great book which dispels numerous myths and brings Pablo's story up-to-date
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the most powerful drug lord in history narrated through the eyes of his son; the everyday language used by Juan Pablo Escobar to write this tale allows us to submerge into the everyday lives of the Escobar family until the end Pablo and further.

He is quite honest regarding his father’s acts of violence as seen through his eyes as a kid and about his own feelings of guilt towards the victims even though that guilt wasn’t his to bear. He also gives us a humility lesson by ext
Reading this from story from Pablo’s son perspective definitely brought something different to the story. You get to see a different side of Pablo. Thoroughly engaging book. Couldn’t put it down.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took 3 weeks to get through the first 100 pages and I forced myself to finish it over a 2 day period yet I could not read the last chapter and epilogue.
One of the dullest books I’ve ever read and a poor attempt to put a humane face on a totally evil monster. I have no sympathy for the author or his family as they were complicit in the fathers sins. The daughter would be the only one I would excuse.
The bragging about fantastic homes, piles of money and incredible art collections is disgracef
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 600-pager but I whipped right through - in Spanish. Fascinating unique tale of growing up with world's biggest drug kingpin. Juan Pablo is not an apologist for his father, far from it, but he does feel he's entitled to his ill gotten inheritance, blasting his aunts and uncles for stealing caches of money and property, and details his family's persecution with a sense of the wounded. Those points are valid but a bit hard to stomach. He and his family, did benefit greatly from the cocain ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Narcos on Netflix so I thought I'd give this a go. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into the book. Maybe I just have a weird crush on Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar. Who knows, hijo de puta? From the pages I did read, I learned that the real el patron loved to take three hour showers!
Dinesh Arul
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book....pablo is a father of Colombia
Edgarr Alien Pooh
"""To my father, who showed me what path not to take""

So reads the acknowledgment at the end of this book written by Juan Pablo Escobar, the son of renowned Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

And this is the message throughout the book. It is a step by step, day by day timeline of Pablo's criminal career, starting with small-time burglaries and car thefts through to his infamous drug production and smuggling career. As the head of the Medellin drug cartel, Escobar was arguably the biggest drug de
Laurent K.
This was a amazing book, like a emotional rollercoaster. Its well written, the translations seem better than expected and are well done for no translation barriers and such. I love how the book starts off with a man named Pablo Escobar. Nothing bad - just with his cousin doing some small jobs to earn some extra money. And doing some car. racing. And then all of a sudden you come to the part where he discovers drug trafficking and it gets steady from there. All of a sudden the atmosphere changes ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You must never forget what I’ve always told you: you must believe in the destiny of human beings. They are marked, whether for joy of for suffering.”

These were Pablo’s words to his son most of his life till his untimely death. His ideology that every man was marked for joy or suffering informed all the actions of his life (believing that he was marked for joy), from being such a loving man towards his family, a savvy entrepreneur in his drug business, a smooth criminal with the ladies and yet
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After watching the Netflix series "Narcos", I became curious about the story of Pablo Escobar. This book is written by his son, Juan Pablo Escobar, and he makes no excuses for his father's horrible deeds. I must have been living under a rock in the 80's and 90's when all the drug kingpin escapades were occurring! I have no recollection hearing about the corrupt government and the cocaine business in Colombia! The book was very interesting and is similar to "Narcos" with the exception of the two ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly think the story of Pablo Escobar is fascinating; however, this book made me pretty agitated and "angry" because I could not stand how entitled Escobar's son and wife were. Although I 100% agree that they did NOT commit their father's/husband's crimes, they ultimately protected him and enjoyed all of the money and wealth created as a consequence of his crimes. Up to a certain extent, Juan Pablo could have been redeemed when he was a kid and did not understand the realities of his upbr ...more
Bhavi Patel
I always feel a little disturbed when a hardcore criminal is made into a hero, blaming the circumstances, the government, the peers, the situation or anything else as being responsible for making him into a criminal. Off late, the pop culture has indulged in such a cardinal sin often many times - be it Pablo Escobar, Ted Bundy, Charles Sobhraj or Dawood Ibrahim closer to home. This book is by Pablo Escobar's son. While he does accept the fact that what his father did was wrong, and that he does ...more
Asha Stark
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
While this book suffers the inevitable loss of something that comes so often with translation to english, this was still an interesting read.

The politics and cartels of South American countries (and the constant interference from the USA) is something I've spent time reading and learning about, and of course Escobar's story is intrinsically woven through innumerable aspects of that, but I never really knew much about the man himself, or his family. I knew he was beloved by many, that he'd done
Byron Wright
I picked up this book after I saw the Narcos TV series on Netflix. I knew that Narcos based on Pablo Escobar's life but not historically accurate. My intent in reading this book was to get another viewpoint that was perhaps a little more historically accurate.

I think the author accurately wrote what he knew, but he was young when much of the content described took place. So, he got it second hand. Even though at several points in the book, he talks about his father doing bad/evil/wrong things, i
Miguel Cruz
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is informative and well written . You can feel the heartbreak of a man who dearly loved his earthly father and yet torn with the reputation and legacy it cost him and his family . I was amazed to learn how gracious Pablo was with the poverty strickened of his home country and while the irony of making the big money the dirty way. I’m impressed to know at least he had a heart and he encouraged soccer games for kids instead of drugs and yet certain countries like my own would rather pill ...more
Deran Hewavitharane
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The epic life story of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is written from the eyes of his son Juan Pablo. While it is very true that the public of Medellin lived in fear of their loved ones during the days when Escobar reigned, the book states to the extent to which Juan Pablo was also afraid of the capture and the extermination of his father.

It was fascinating to read the approach taken by Escobar's son to later write personal letters to the sons of the deceased of politicians whos
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Sebastián Marroquín (born Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, 24 February 1977 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian architect, author, and the son of slain Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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