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Escobar: The Inside Story of Pablo Escobar, the World's Most Powerful Criminal. as Told by His Brother Roberto Escobar

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Murderer, philanthropist, drug dealer, politician, devil, saint: many words have been used to describe Pablo Escobar, but one is irrefutable - legend. For the poor of Colombia, he was their Robin Hood, a man whose greatness lay not in his crimes, but in his charity; for the Colombian rich he was just a bloodthirsty gangster, a Bogie Man used to scare children in their beds ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2009)
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James Barker
For a book about 'the World's Most Powerful Criminal' this is decidedly pedestrian. It was no doubt stupid of me to pick up a book (any book) that includes in the subtitle the words 'AS TOLD BY..' Roberto, the brother, spends half the time stressing his own innocence, the fact that he was kept in the dark when it comes to most of Pablo's murderous activities.. and yet he is telling his brother's story. It doesn't add up. There's also plenty of shoddy make-believe.. like when he insists a good co ...more
Josh
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
“I’m defending him because it is the right thing to do.” Roberto Escobar on his brothers Godfather like perception and underworld heavy weight judgement by the public by in large. Roberto bills Pablo as more a Robin Hood, someone who gave back to his people as opposed to the ruthless drug magnate the media inflated him to be. ESCOBAR stresses this differential yet still leaves room for interpretation.

ESOCBAR is an informative, one sided, and interesting look at one of the world’s most famous cr
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Adam Mohd Noor
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
An insightful and interesting book that personally documents the personal side, upbringing and the meteoric rise of Pablo Escobar ("Pablo") until his eventual death.

Unsurprisingly as it's written by Roberto Escobar ("Roberto"), the book does feel rather apologetic and tends to portray Pablo in a rather patronising light instead of the murderous and violent drug trafficker that we often associate Pablo with.

The book may also seem superficial at times and tends to breeze through the events inste
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Wanderer
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Roberto, Roberto

I liked this book because it was a fast paced read that pulled me in and wouldn't let go of me until the very end. I however disliked that its shallowness and lack of particulars. There were so many times when I wished that the author could expound more on certain things but I guess it would have been difficult for him to give a detailed expose since he was also implicated in the crimes and he also wanted to get as much out of the whole affair as he possibly could.

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Wesley  Gerrard
Much has been said about Pablo Escobar, who was the richest criminal in history and the head of the Medellin cartel in Colombia. This book is written from the heart and is an intimate portrait of the great man as remembered by one of his closest associates and a member of his family - his brother Roberto Escobar. Often Roberto will refute some of the more macabre details of Pablo legend as he aims to place the truth into history. We hear the inside story of Pablo's early years, his breaking into ...more
Meghan
It’s important to take this book with a grain of salt. It certainly is the truth according to Pablo Escobar’s brother. I have no doubt he is recounting things with what he believes to be truthfulness from his perspective. But it also seems clear that he has no remorse or sense that being a part of an organization that transported millions of dollars of cocaine is wrong. He claims that the violence and the corruption was simply a part of things and not what they were setting out to do—but he seem ...more
Khairul Hezry
The rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the world's notorious cocaine kingpin as told by his brother Roberto. The events Roberto recounts seems truthful enough. If that is so then blame lies with the Colombian government for Pablo's eventual descent into crime was due to the Colombian authorities penchant for bribes and their reluctance to help the poor. Cocaine, with its promise of high profits, seemed the easiest way out of poverty and Pablo Escobar took it...and helped elevate the living standard ...more
Barrie
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight into the Medellin Cartel that ran from the 80s until Pablo Escobar's death in 1993. As it's from the point of view of Pablo's brother and accountant a lot of it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as it's not always to tell who's telling the truth - Roberto Escobar or all the American documentaries that have been made about El Patron. I couldn't put this book down - some fascinating stories from over the years about how they smuggling drugs, bribing the police and govern ...more
Ayush Oza
This book incorporates the vast majority of Escobar's life and the political events surrounding his rise. While this is both gripping and shocking, I found the book could have been written in a more engaging manner. Moreover, in my opinion, having visited Colombia, I found the book to be heavily biased towards his good actions.

Overall, the book does a great job of documenting Escobar's life, in many places in great detail. However, in more than one respect, the book could have been written bette
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Ben
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing and heartfelt account by the brother of one of the world’s most notorious criminals. A worthwhile read as it allows an insight into the many sides of Pablo as the back matter says: Murderer, philanthropist, drug dealer, politician, devil, saint. The book also adds detail to how the business was run and the logistical elements of the operation.
There are times in the read that more detail would be nice but it is evident that Roberto is still protecting those that were loyal to the f
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Toby Ruder
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
For what should be one of the most interesting real life stories in modern history it is surprisingly dull and pedestrian. The constant attempts at revisionist history by his brother to portray Pablo and the other Cartels as Robbin Hood type characters whilst massively underplaying the brutal and bloody part they played in Columbias drugs industry becomes tedious after awhile... disappointing read.
Harshita
Overall a good read! The book offers a fairly good insight into the functioning of the cartel. There are bits of it that get slightly annoying as the brother tries to prove his innocence far too many times. Fascinating at first but a few chapters in between make it a bit wearisome. Also, would have liked more emphasis on the personal traits of Pablo Escobar which was expected as the title suggests it to be an account of the man. Nonetheless, its a book you wouldn't put down till the very end. ...more
The Book Grocer
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Murderer, philanthropist, drug dealer, politician, saint: many words have been used to describe Pablo Escobar. This is the first major, definitive biography of his remarkable life, told through the all-knowing eyes of his brother, Roberto Escobar.

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Gabby_LM
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story, weird POV

Probably inevitable that getting Pablo Escobar's brother to write a biography of him would be a bit strange. over th course of the book, the narrator's proximity and complicity in all the horror gets harder to gloss over. Think it could have done with making him one voice among others
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Kelly Hine
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love reading anything about Pablo Escobar and this didn’t disappoint. Though I knew a lot of the main timeline/ chronology, there were plenty of sibling/ family oriented tales in this book which really kept it alive for me. It was great to hear about Pablo’s life from the perspective of someone who was clearly very fond of him, his brother.
Anna Raventra
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sort of enjoyed reading this book with such a simple text but I was honestly expecting more details. The whole time I felt as if Roberto was trying to portray hard of himself as an innocent/nice person. Apart from that, the book was good with a good amount of pages and a catchy storyline. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm moving on to more books about Escobar to know more details. ...more
Scott Ian William Beckwith
A true insight to Pablo escobars reign

As much as the bad he done, he also did great things for many people. A very very clever man who knew what he wanted and got. A great read for anyone interested in Pablo and the narcos trade
Kieran White
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great narrative detailing the side of Pablo Escobar not often seen in the media. A less dramatised version of the story, more likely closer to the truth. Roberto tells just how it was being that close to one of the world's most notorious criminals. Definitely worth a read. ...more
Ian Hallam
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Having read Killing Pablo when I saw this book written by his brother I had to read it too.
It seems to be a very truthful account of Pablo Escobar as told by his brother and is a very absorbing read.
Sisa Trástamara
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Hinder
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

Whatever your opinion is of Pablo Escobar is this was an interesting account of his life and his brothers in the Medellin Cartel and how they dealt with Officials,Police,Goverment etc and the many scrapes they got into
Neel Ruparelia
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Escobar at 13. This was a very entertaining book, whenever you think there's been too much action and the book is finished, something else pops up. It's also fascinating how this is a true story. Another pro of reading this book is that it shows you different perspectives on 1 person. ...more
Stacey Bookerworm
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book I had very little knowledge on Escobar.

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T.M. Lakomy
Not impressive at all ...preferred reading the account by Escobar's son, seemed more genuine. ...more
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-book
Easy and quick read. Story of Escobar Pablo narrated by his brother.
A D Thomson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grea read

Excellent book. Having watched Narcos and been fascinated by Pablo Escobar this book has raised my interest further still. What a story!
Renata Ess
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lengthy and uninteresting account, disappointing.
April Drake
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading - nice to read about Pablo from a different point of view.
Leslie Daze
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Up to my dusty shelf
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