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The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) Preloaded Digital Audio Player – 11 Feb 2010

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  • Publisher: Findaway World (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607885042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607885047
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Roberto Escobar resides in Colombia. Under the rules of his parole, he cannot leave the country. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Mr. Derek Wilkie on 2 April 2014
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So far i'm half way via reading it but if this story is true, it's just a pity the man dealt in what is regarded as " illicit material" to make his fortune.
But the story tells another story just the same, we all pay massive amounts of money to local and national Governments and wander why and how it is being spent but this so-called criminal done a massive amount of "goodwill?!" with the money he raked in.
But yes, there is the other side of the story, the misery caused by Drugs in every day life, If he sold the drug to Pharmaceutical companies, would he still have made his fortune or would the Columbian "Government" creamed off most of it with massive tax demands??
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Interesting and subjective account of Pablo Escobar's personal and business life from the perspective of his brother, Roberto, detailing some facts regarding the Kingpin's rise to prominence in the worlds of Crime and Politics and his demise at the hands of the US D.E.A., C.I.A and various other US Government agencies determined to halt his increasing wealth ,power and influence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S on 19 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Great and interesting story, told from the inside, of one of the worlds biggest and most successful criminals.

Well worth a read if you're interested in the life and times of Pablo Escobar
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Pablo, according to Roberto 19 Aug. 2009
By rry007 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Accountant's Story is the story of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, as told by Pablo's older brother, Roberto. It starts with their meager beginnings, and how growing up in poverty gave Pablo the drive and ambition needed to rule. Unlike published reports and accounts of Pablo, however, Roberto paints a starkly different picture of his brother. In his eyes, Pablo was smart and compassionate, always helping those in poverty. He took care of his friends and family, and many many people who worked for Pablo made more than enough to support their own families. Roberto even talks about how his life turned out as a consequence of being associated with Pablo.

I was fascinated to read about how much money cocaine brought in-for the pilots, guards, customs agents, and drivers that worked for Escobar. The staggering amount of money, and finding places to hide it all was really interesting. As Pablo's accountant, Roberto had to figure out ways to hide the money, partially by investing in real estate, and partially by hiding stacks of bills in between walls. The fact that drugs routinely got seized and hundreds of thousands of dollars were lost each month was inconsequential. They wrote off a lot of money each month just because of water damage it sustained hiding in walls, or because they couldn't remember where they hid some of the money. Remember, since all this was illegal, they couldn't just deposit the money in bank accounts. The amounts were truly staggering.

Roberto also goes into great detail about the fall of the Medellin cartel: the days spent in hiding, plans for escaping, negotiations regarding the extradition laws, and also Pablo's death. While I don't hold Pablo in any high regard or think he is a hero, this book is a fascinating account of Pablo, from the eyes of people in Colombia and all those that he helped. I understand that back then, cocaine didn't have the stigma it has in recent years, but the fact that Roberto seemed so cavalier about the consequences of drug use irritated me. In addition, a few times in the book he talks about things that happened to him solely because he was Pablo's brother. I think he is a bit delusional, since, as accountant, he knew intimately about many of Pablo's activities. Overall, though, this story was fascinating and a riveting read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Put tongue in cheek and enjoy the story 22 July 2009
By Red Fox - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Pablo Escobar - famous in the West mainly for giving Columbian and US authorities the slip on many occasions. His name evokes the larrikin archetype of the crafty rebel, up there along with Ned Kelly, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, though whether his name evokes the same feelings in Spanish speakers is questionable (his name translates as "Paul Brush").

This book is a major contribution to the mythmaking process, as well as being an apologia for Pablo and his brother Robert. Why, says Robert, they never used drugs, they loved their mother, they only did what they had to do to support their families, and with more money than they knew what to do with they became sources of charity, welfare, employment and soccer stadiums for the poor of Medellin. It is quite likely that some people got killed, in fact almost certain, but that wasn't really Pablo's fault, Robert never saw him actually kill anyone, and anyway the other side started it.

If this book had gone on for a few more chapters I think Robert would have got to the point that Pablo and he were actually the victims in all this, and they really deserve sainthood for carrying on their industry through all the travails imposed on them by their rival gangs, their Government and the CIA.

The best way to read it is as a rollicking adventure story - it can be quite enjoyable if you are prepared to suspend disbelief a little even through the most outrageously improbable bits.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
somewhat disappointed 9 Sept. 2009
By Gerard D. Fritz - Published on
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I bought this book because it seemed interesting and I liked the movie "American Gangster". The story is interesting, but the book was disappointing. It is rambling and not that well-written. The story romanticizes Pablo Escobar emphasizing what he did for Colombia's poor and downplays the fact that he was a ruthless drug trafficker whom people feared. But then again, it is written by his brother.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good read but full of mistakes. 9 Sept. 2009
By Philippe Bourgoin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book does give the reader a great amount of information on the life of pablo etc.
While i was reading the book i came across far to many spelling mistakes and inconsistencies . its a shame because the content is good, however untrue it might be (considering its his brother who wrote the book).
I would recommend it, just dont take everything it says as a 100% fact!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Self serving but a look at the inside world of drugs. 18 April 2012
By Kevin M Quigg - Published on
Roberto doesn't believe he did anything wrong in stashing cash away for Pablo. He believes he was jailed because he was Pablo's brother. Pablo was an upright guy, maybe a little viscious. There is a lot of whitewash going on right now. Roberto paints a portrait of Pable different from the tabloids and I believe it. The media paint some pictures wrong. However, Pablo had people murdered and he sold drugs. Roberto was an accomplice. Those are the facts. I don't feel sorry for either him or his brother. They brought death and destruction to thousands, and in turn were affected by there violent business.

This is an OK read about Pablo Escobar. This book was very interesting, but Roberto tries to justify himself and his brother. He does not do a credible job of either. An inside look at the drug trade.
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