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on 4 August 2012
From the first line you know you're in for a rollercoaster ride. Having already read Pileggi's books, I was expecting much of the same, but this is a much tougher read. Roberts, the cocaine cowboy, just comes across as an inhuman, merciless beast of a man, but the way he writes, the fact that he makes no excuses for who and what he is, make for compulsive reading. I hated him, but loved the book, or did I love him, and hate the book? I don't know anything save that I read this epic memoir in no time at all, and would have continued reading had it been twice as long.
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on 5 June 2014
I hardly ever write reviews for anything. possibly because I am lazy. But I had to share my views on this book.

American Desperado is up there with the best biography/crime books I have ever read. The life that Jon Roberts has had is truly incredible. At times the book is absolutely brutal, which in turn makes it even more gripping.

The book is along the sames lines as Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi but in my opinion this is a lot darker, deeper and far more interesting.

I would definitely recommend.
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on 11 January 2014
this book is well written and has much additional information about the chapter explaining the finer details
Jon Roberts I.feel gives a very frank and personal insight into his life both as a young man growing up fast and as the high flying cocaine cowboy.he became know as
a fantastic read from start to finish and I personally think this book would make an epic gangster film providing it wasn't cut to ribbons
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on 3 April 2014
I loved this book. It's a truly fascinating read. A real insight into a world most of us will never know, or want to be a part of!

Brutal at times, amusing at others. The life of a criminal. From fighting on the streets to running a multi billion dollar cocaine distribution. And the inevitable fall from grace.

Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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on 4 November 2013
A great book, an unique life. From the early days of Jon`s childhood growing up in a Mafia family, through his tours of duty in Vietnam. All the way to his release from Prison after the cocaine cowboy era. It also covers Jon's amazing encounters with John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, Griselda Blanco, OJ Simpson, Pablo Escobar, Manuel Noriega etc
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on 10 February 2014
this is an excellent true story about john roberts who made a very good living out of illegal drugs trading , having read the story can,t help but think if he had been straight and and into business he would have made a lot of money anyway obviously not a stupid man .
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on 20 December 2012
Very good read, it's very funny in places, sad and interesting..
I was recommend this book by a friend, i thought it's just about smuggling drugs, but there's so much in there, from days in New York in the mafia, to snugging cocaine.. BRILLIANT book
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on 2 August 2015
Quite simply, this is one of the best books I've ever read. I bought this a few years back and it's still in my top 5. I cannot recommend this more, I could write a lengthy review of this book, but who would read it. BUY THIS BOOK, NOW!!
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on 29 January 2013
Well written, page turner! Very interesting insights not only into Jon Roberts and his crazy life but this book would be of interest to anyone keen on reading about the chaos of the 70s / 80s drug trade in Miami
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on 21 September 2014
This book is like Cocaine Cowboys the documentary but delivers the same entertainment over a far longer period. For me, it's the greatest story ever told.
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