- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books (10 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843546515
- ISBN-13: 978-1843546511
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History Paperback – 10 May 2007
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Killing Pablo, Mark Bowden's intoxicating account of the turbulent life of Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar and his inevitable demise, relates in riveting detail the cataclysmic effect one man can have on the world economy. Finally tracked down and killed in 1992 after a 15-month intense manhunt that had resulted in hundreds of casualties on both sides, Escobar was, ironically, that archetypal American hero, the outlaw, siding with "ordinary people" against the ruling oligarchy (although at his peak Forbes magazine listed him as the seventh-richest person in the world). His break came when the American drug of choice changed from dope to cocaine, a golden, or perhaps powdered, egg exploited by Escobar with resourceful manipulation of officials and politicians--he would offer the classic choice of his silver or his lead. Even when incarcerated at La Catedral prison on a smuggling charge, he turned it into a state within a state. The guards, the army and the police all fell within his pay and he led his operation with a quiet, well-mannered ruthlessness. Until, that is, the Americans took an interest.
Bowden is well-equipped to describe the drawn-out campaign by the intelligence services to assassinate Escobar, having already covered similar territory in the superb Black Hawk Down, which chronicled the disastrous 1993 American operation in Mogadishu. His descriptions of the electronic surveillance that finally ensnared the hounded Don and the shady mutual interests of civilian militia group Los Pepes, the Colombian government forces and the US Delta unit that wore him down, are taut, dramatic and deeply thrilling. While he stops short of claiming that the Americans were present or active in the killing, he admits that Delta knew roughly where Escobar was and were dismissive of the electronic wizardry, pointing out that Escobar was eventually spotted by the naked eye. Though Escobar died, the circumstances he seized upon would be harder to expunge. The troubling, concluding lines of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui come to mind, referring to a character based on Al Capone and Hitler but who could have been Escobar, "The bastard son is dead but the bitch is still on heat". --David Vincent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Vivid, fast-paced and well researched --Sunday Times
A remarkable opus of investigative journalism --The Times
Mark Bowden's thrilling, completely engrossing book brings the man and his bloody times to vivid life. I couldn't put it down. --Howard Marks
Powerfully written and well researched --Independent on Sunday
A psychotic safari Daily Mail A master of narrative journalism, Bowden employs the same techniques of reconstructing scenes and dialogue that made his bestselling Black Hawk Down gripping reading. --New York Times
A well researched and staggering account. --Time Out
A brilliant reconstruction... Clear and gripping --Evening Standard
Reads like a Clancyesque thriller, it's fast-paced, full of page-turning intrigue, corruption, and thwarted pursuit. --San Francisco Chronicle
A compelling, almost Shakespearean tale --Los Angeles Times
If ever there was a real-life James Bond villain, Pablo Escobar was it... 10 times better than any fictional crime story --Uncut--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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I particularly liked the way that Bowden took the time at the beginning of the book to explain the recent history of Colombia, and how Pablo came to grow up in such an incredibly violent country. It put everything into perspective for me as I read further into the book.
Mark Bowden touches on several sensitive areas in the book. For example, the premise that came to mean death for Pablo - that a civilised society cannot be seen to allow a man like him to live in such luxury. This meant that the American and Colombian governments co-operated closely to ensure that Escobar would not escape. It also meant that Ronnie Reagan had to bend several laws governing US involvement in another country's troubles, so that US intelligence officals could help track Escobar.
He very nearly did escape on several occasions, though. And this is what Bowden uses to keep you on the edge of your seat. You get a very real impression of just how powerful, resourceful and cruel Pablo was. And you also get a real feeling for how hopeless the job of the Colombian police was - with Pablo one step ahead of them all along.
There's even a twist of sorts - as Bowden explains the quirk of fortune that allows the police to catch him at last.
Superb book - well researched and well constructed to maintain the suspense.
It also describes the Colombian and US Govts attempts to bring him to justice and the time he spent in prison which was more of a five start hotel, run by his staff and even the prison guards were on his payroll. It also exposes the illegal, covert US operation (and the manipulation of several US laws) to bring Escobar to book, culminating in his assassination on 1992.
Escobar comes across as a very intelligent man, bit of a modern day Robin Hood to some extent and you are rooting for him at times until you realise the death and destruction he brought to the world.
A well researched book that is certainly worth a read.
This is fantastically reseached and well written account of a tale of power absolute, corruption and the will of man who thought he could buy the country that sired him - he wanted to be respected!. It is mainly involved in the actual 'chase', 'inprisonment', 'escape', 'chase' and finally 'death' of one of the most powerful men in modern society. A must read from cover to cover. Enthrallingly in-depth.
Brilliantly planned and executed, well done Mark Bowden!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book reads well and I often found myself reading far longer than I had intended, as I wanted to read one more chapter. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dan Ferris
Having already read Bowden's Black Hawk Down and his collected articles in the book Road Work this was not a disappointment and as ever Bowden's knack for detail and his... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Aidan Minter
Easy a 5* so much to learn about Pablo and those that help him and those that stopped him. There is so much information in this book that it is hard to keep up with it at times. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
After watching Netflix I thought this would be a good read , I was not disappointed, interesting and informative, thoroughly recommend a read.Published 25 days ago by colin cross
Really good read, interesting and took you through from when he was nothing to the hay days and the fall from grace. Well worth a readPublished 1 month ago by Mr. Shay Plaster
An incredible look into the rise and fall of one of the world's most infamous outlaws. Bowden's factual representation reads like a twisted novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jon Swift
I found this book to be a bit of a slow burner to start with but then was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ollie