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on 29 September 2003
George Jung is widely acknowedged as the man who introduced cocaine for mass consumption to people in the United States, and this book tells us how he did it. Sort of a lesson in how to smuggle.
From his begginings as a high school football player, through his early days selling marijuana in Florida, right through to his career as the number one cocaine supplier in the US and ending up with him languishing in prison, every aspect of his life is covered here in all it's glory.
With a life as rich in detail as Jung's, the book could easily have become bogged down in detail, but it's to the writers credit that he never lets the pace flag.
Highly reccommended.
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on 30 November 2015
I had seen the film years ago, much as it was good, it does not do the book justice. Really read into the WHOLESALE drug smuggling trade in the States in the 60, 70, and 80s. George Jung seems a bit of a character even though he seems to like a bit of his own product a bit. Good blow by blow account of all the characters that were involved over the years, some getting off a bit more light than others in the end.
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on 4 September 2001
Starts off a bit slow, all the boring bits about George Jung's school life, but once it gets going with how he started out in the drug smuggling business, it really is fascinating stuff. This guy had $10 million stashed in the walls and pipes of his specially built house at one stage, because he didn't know what to do with it !!! An absolutely amazing story that sometimes beggars belief. You start thinking, 'Jesus...Whats he going to get involved with next.' He just didn't know when to stop !
To top it all, he actually seems like a really nice bloke to know ! I haven't seen the film yet, due to its poor reviews, but stuff the reviews, I'll definitely watch it now.
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on 15 May 2002
This story if Jungs life is certainly a gripping read and very very well illustrated by Bruce Porter - some of the fact in here will literally blow your mind - e.g. 50k's of cocaine will est. be snorted by 36 thousand people and go from 2.5 million to be cut and resold to 11.5 million dollars..this books goes in depth that other books just don't have!!
This certainly spins the tale told by the movie, which is also a underrated tale and magnificently portrayed by Depp - the DVD is a MUST with interviews with Jung himself.
Reading this book off the back of "Killing Pablo" by M.Bowden - you definately see the bigger picture of how the coke trade was being run and the larger than life characters running it - Escobar, Ledher and Jung in this tale.
Overall ten out of ten for a well told and gripping read about the excessess of life when money is no problem - especially when you hide $30 million in a house casually..lol
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That's how George described what he did, however unfortunately others didn't see it that way. A great book, a great story but you get the feeling that if it hadn't have been George it would have been someone else. I'm convinced that it was his personality and charm that allowed him to walk away with his life and not much else. He's due for release in 2015 which doesn't seem that far away now which makes me think he's got enough time to see his daughter and steal a plane for one last buzz. A good cautionary tale, don't be put off the movie by the reviews, Depp is outstanding and though there are no surprises the story is well told. Made me want to grow my sideburns again!
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on 7 September 2001
George Jung certainly lived his life to the extreme. This book is a fantastic rollercoaster journey through his whole life and times. It starts a bit slow, with all his school days stuff, but once it gets onto how he started his drugs business it really is fascinating. From his early small maruajana deals to his huge cocaine deals with Pablo Escobar and Carlos Lehder. Just when you think he's done enough, he's earned plenty of money, he should stop and get out of the business, he goes and does something even bigger ! Although George is ultimately a huge criminal, by reading the book, you can't help but grow to like him, he really is an amazing character. I understand the film got bad reviews, so for that reason I haven't seen it, but I'm going to make a point of seeing it now, just to see how true to life it is. If you enjoy this book, you should check out Casino, and Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi (not the book with Martin Scorcese though).
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on 3 October 2010
The story about George Jung is amazing. the journey is surreal but the author just couldn't make me keep on reading as it quite slow and boring to be honest...
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on 20 February 2004
Blow was a great film, the book is as good. dont think that if you have seen the film, its not worth getting the book. the book gives a different view on the same story. i really enjoyed it
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on 11 June 2010
If you liked the film, you will love the book.
Like most books it goes into much more detail than the film and really takes you inside to George's life.
Such a good read.
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on 8 September 2014
Much better than the film! Great read if you're into true crime. Very engaging and a very gritty tale. Love it!
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