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American Desperado: My life as a Cocaine Cowboy by [Roberts, Jon, Jon,Wright, Evan Roberts, Wright, Evan]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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"A spellbinding narrative of drugs, death and debauchery as told by one of America's most notorious criminals....A savage, unrelenting tale."
─Kirkus Reviews
"The "Moby Dick" of mob memoirs...here is everything you've wanted to know--and much better, here is the way everything felt. Evan Wright puts you so deep inside a career in organized crime that midway through you'll begin expecting a knock on your door and a call from your lawyer."
─David Lipsky, author of the national bestseller ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN
"Delivers all the guilty pleasures one expects from a gangster's memoir, but Wright's superb prose offers something more: a meditation on good and evil during the glittering decay of late 20th century civilization...One of the best books of the year."
─James L. Swanson, Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestsellers MANHUNT and BLOODY CRIMES
"AMERICAN DESPERADO is not only stranger but so much better than fiction...Captivating, addictive, and head-spinning, this one-of-a-kind book earns its place on the top shelf of true crime accounts."
─Chuck Hogan, New York Times bestselling author of PRINCE OF THIEVES""(basis of the Academy Award-nominated "The Town")
""American Desperado "is the first great crime book of the 21st Century. Dangerous, darkly hilarious, hair-raising, and terrifically written, Wright's prose spills over with the kind of insane, brilliantly rendered detail and dialogue that make you want to call people at four in the morning and read out loud."
─Jerry Stahl, New York Times bestselling author of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
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"AMERICAN DESPERADO is one of the most disturbing memoirs I've ever read...Evan Wright does a brilliant job getting into Roberts' scary head ... I neverwant to be in the same room with Jon Roberts, but I couldn't stop reading his book."
─Steven Gaines, New York Times bestselling author of PHILISTINES AT THE HEDGEROW and FOOL'S PARADISE
"Seldom have I read an account of criminal enterprise that took me so deeply into the blackness of a man's soul--a scary read, pounding and relentless and irresistible."
─Bruce Porter, author of""BLOW
"Imagine if Mister Kurtz from HEART OF DARKNESS sat down with Dick Cavett for a little chat about the nature of good and evil, empathy, fatherhood, violence, drugs, power, self-knowledge, women, family, the hero versus the anti-hero, freedom, imprisonment...Tryas you might, youcan't really put this book down."
─Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of HORSE SOLDIERS and IN HARM'S WAY
"A tour de force. The best crime book since WISEGUY. Puts you in the middle of a world where it's wonderful to be a tourist, terrible to be a resident. I am filled with nothing but admiration and envy for Evan Wright."
─Rich Cohen, New York Times bestselling co-author of WHEN I STOP TALKING YOU'LL KNOW I'M DEAD, and author of TOUGH JEWS

"From the Hardcover edition."

A spellbinding narrative of drugs, death and debauchery as told by one of America's most notorious criminals .A savage, unrelenting tale.
Kirkus Reviews
The"Moby Dick"of mob memoirs here is everything you've wanted to know and much better, here is the way everything felt. Evan Wright puts you so deep inside a career in organized crime that midway through you'll begin expecting a knock on your door and a call from your lawyer.
David Lipsky, author of the national bestseller ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN
Delivers all the guilty pleasures one expects from a gangster's memoir, but Wright's superb prose offers something more: a meditation on good and evil during the glittering decay of late 20th century civilization One of the best books of the year.
James L. Swanson, Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestsellers MANHUNT and BLOODY CRIMES
AMERICAN DESPERADO is not only stranger but so much better than fiction Captivating, addictive, and head-spinning, this one-of-a-kind book earns its place on the top shelf of true crime accounts.
Chuck Hogan, New York Times bestselling author of PRINCE OF THIEVES" "(basis of the Academy Award-nominated The Town )
"American Desperado "is the first great crime book of the 21st Century. Dangerous, darkly hilarious, hair-raising, and terrifically written, Wright's prose spills over with the kind of insane, brilliantly rendered detail and dialogue that make you want to call people at four in the morning and read out loud.
Jerry Stahl, New York Times bestselling author of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
""
AMERICAN DESPERADOis one of the most disturbing memoirs I ve ever read Evan Wright does a brilliant job getting into Roberts scary head I never want to be in the same room with Jon Roberts, but I couldn't stop reading his book.
Steven Gaines, New York Times bestselling author of PHILISTINES AT THE HEDGEROW and FOOL S PARADISE
Seldom have I read an account of criminal enterprise that took me so deeply into the blackness of a man s soul a scary read, pounding and relentless and irresistible.
Bruce Porter, author of" "BLOW
Imagine if Mister Kurtz from HEART OF DARKNESS sat down with Dick Cavett for a little chat about the nature of good and evil, empathy, fatherhood, violence, drugs, power, self-knowledge, women, family, the hero versus the anti-hero, freedom, imprisonment...Try as you might, you can't really put this book down.
Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of HORSE SOLDIERS and IN HARM S WAY
A tour de force. The best crime book since WISEGUY. Puts you in the middle of a world where it's wonderful to be a tourist, terrible to be a resident. I am filled with nothing but admiration and envy for Evan Wright.
Rich Cohen, New York Times bestselling co-author of WHEN I STOP TALKING YOU LL KNOW I M DEAD, and author of TOUGH JEWS


"From the Hardcover edition.""

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The incredible memoirs of the man who became with Pablo Escobar the No.1 supplier of cocaine in the US, written with the bestselling author of Generation Kill

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2865 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060MCENS
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You just don't realise what actually goes on in one of the world's largest and original drugs cartels. The story is actually very different to what is reported in the media. Pablo Escobar was not the big man as always thought but he was the face of the Medellin Cartel. It is fascinating to learn how they worked, structure and no fears for killing a person. The money earned was enormous, but nothing to show in the end. What a decade, murder mayhem, government collusion what more could happen?
Brilliant read couldn't put it down looking for other similar books from people mentioned by Jon.
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I really enjoy true crime books and this is one of the very best I have read. Jon Roberts has lived a fascinating and appalling life and is unapologetic to the last. Information he gives in interview is checked by Evan Welsh and notes given at the end of chapter. Some of the stories that Roberts recalls are horrific and some are black comedy. I think if you read this book it would leave an impression on you and you would enjoy it!
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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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another one of the world's biggest wiseguys
so far so good
the book is well written by wright but i found the notes on nearly every page grated on my nerves after a while
murders,extortion,drug running,robberies,torture,beautiful women ,speedboats, money

all the cliches are there

SPOILER alert

but like all of the wiseguys that write these books ,the story ( and I mean story) is often gilded by blatant lies,stuff that just doesn't ring true

I can accept there are people like jon out there who murder,cheat,rob and live a great life

but for a very hefty tome of all his exploits, around 800 pages, he manages just a couple of pages to mention that when busted he snitched on his pals and did just 3 years in jail

I wish his wife and son well but surely if he was such a bad man he would have just took the jail time on the chin?

to my mind the book focuses too much on the good times (for Jon) and makes short shrift for his many many victims
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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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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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The best book I have ever read, funny at times sickening at others haven't found a book like it after reading the book. Takes you in depth of how cocaine was smuggled and how people were wiped of the planet.
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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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