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You couldn't make it up.,
This review is from: Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History (Paperback)
This is a tightly written and compelling thriller which just happens to be true. Putting Pablo Escobar into the wider context of Columbian history helps explain not only how he can justify his activities but why he was so beloved by so many people.
The overall arc of the war (and that's no exaggeration) between Pablo and the Columbian state is gripping stuff. It's also interesting how so many common people were willing to believe his lies. However it's the incidental details that really bring things to life, the interviewees asked to recount key moments mean they are told with crystal clarity. Not all of them are vital to the narrative but they add a whole new understanding of Pablo himself, an example would be his extremely infantile attitude to women. The stand out story there being getting naked models to race to a sports car- first one to get there keeps the car! Only too much money and power leads to that sort of degradation.
This is a fascinating account of how to deal with the chimera of drugs in society and how there are no simple answers to anything in Colombia.
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