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BLOW: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel And Lost It All

BLOW How a Small Town Boy Made Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel And Lost It All BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung s roller coaster ride from middle class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar s Medellin cartel the largest importer of the United States co

  • Title: BLOW: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel And Lost It All
  • Author: Bruce Porter
  • ISBN: 9780312267124
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung s roller coaster ride from middle class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar s Medellin cartel the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s Jung s early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a yoBLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung s roller coaster ride from middle class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar s Medellin cartel the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s Jung s early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his native land Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with three hundred kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune But George wasn t about to go down alone He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught.With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a super charged drama of one man s meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung s life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically acclaimed true crime classic.

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    1. Who hasn't seen the blockbuster movie of a true story of George Jung, the man who, if you snorted blow in the late 1970's to early 1980's, there was an 85% chance it came from him and his partner? But how many of the fans know Jung's real story. While the movie is sexier and more Hollywood for viewers, the book delivers an unflinching true account of Jung's wild life. And while the movie makes him look like a good person with the occasional lapse in judgement- sometimes moral, sometimes strategi [...]

    2. This is a really fascinating story, and proves the old cliche that the truth is often stranger (and I would add, more interesting) than fiction. I picked this up on a whim having had it on my shelf for years. I got it for free after a reissue, I guess. I'd already seen the movie, but it's definitely more involved and better than the movie. Still makes me want to see the movie again just for comparison.It's flabbergasting what drug smugglers were able to get away with in the '60s and '70s before [...]

    3. The movie was TERRIFIC!!!!It had everything Drugs, Parties, Famous Dealers, Smuggling scams The list goes on and on.It was a nonstop action packed movie. I hoped the book would elaborate on the movie parts Sadly it was a Lil slow, don't get me wrong the mans life is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!But I kinda expected more(spoiled from the movie I guess) It was a good read none the less. The way the man lived his life PURE INSANITY!!!! From the people he met and dealt with, to the woman he married, to the shen [...]

    4. straight forward book about a man too lucky for his own good.Ignore the overrated "film".The book is a superior experiance.

    5. Four stars and not five because this book gives way too much space to detailing the quirks of Jung's personal life. Who cares? But the book earned every one of those four stars for the in depth analysis of how a mid-level pot bust led to a prison sentence that aligned two men who were to become the leading forces of smuggling cocaine into the U.S. throughout the 1980s. And the final chapters present compelling interviews with the undercover agents who took down Jung in a series of stings (took a [...]

    6. Good read This is good read, the rise & fall of someone with a ton of potential but dedicated to selfish pursuits.

    7. After reading Killing Pablo last month, my interest in the Colombian drug cartel was piqued. All the excitement of an action-packed movie, but totally incredulous and fascinating because it's real life. While Killing Pablo is about the Colombian end of drug trafficking, Blow chronicles how things went down in the US. George Jung started off as a rebel in Weymouth High School. By his early twenties, he had begun smuggling marijuana and envisioning grandiose schemes he was certain would make him r [...]

    8. I read a lot of true crime just for it being in that genre. This one, specifically, I thought to read while doing a re-watch of the Depp movie. Of course, more goes on in the book and more than could have been in the movie. The extremity of Jung's drug use and the kinkiness of sex life could have been more underscored, both for drama and humor. Interestingly, Barile of the Tonsorial Parlor does not come across as colorful as the Reubens portrayal so I wonder how much there was to that, maybe jus [...]

    9. The thing I liked most about this book was the originality it brought to the table. I have never read a book even closely related, especially not one that was true. I think thats what kept me reading most of the time, knowing that all the crazy things and crazy amounts of money that were being talked about, actually happened. This book was intriguing and the author was honest and simplistic about telling his story, just like the author of Unbroken was. Although this might not necessarily sound l [...]

    10. After watching the film of the same name in which Johnny Depp depicts drug smuggler George Jung, I found myself wondering if I too should put together a high-scale cocaine smuggling operation. After all, it seemed like fun. All those parties, traveling to exotic locations, marrying Penelope Cruz. What is there not to like about it?! Okay, there is the small case of incarceration in one of America’s most notorious prisons, so before I jump at setting myself up with some unsavory Colombian frien [...]

    11. Some books give you a glimpse of a world that is happening right around you but you’re not really aware of. This book, as the name suggests, is a factual account of George------, a dope smuggler. George started with weed, flying it up from Mexico in the 60’s and eventually became an integral part of the Columbian Medein cartels’ transit infrastructure. Illuminating in its’ detail and fascinating in it’s larger than life main character I enjoyed the read. I especially liked the way the [...]

    12. 'Blow' is a true story about a guy uninterested in working a regular job for a living who instead pursues marijuana and eventually cocaine trafficking as a means of income. You'll get to hear all about his adventures, meetings with some famous people (e.g. Pablo Escobar), and details on some of the ins and outs of large volume drug deals. The most amazing thing to me about the main character is how he has ample opportunity to retire with loads of cash early on in the cocaine game but instead cho [...]

    13. This book was pretty interesting and at times also veryructional? Educational? There are whole sections of this that read like a How-To manual on becoming a drug smuggler (or a *better* drug smuggler). And if you ever wondered how cocaine is made, or how really good weed is grown, Bruce will tell you all about that, too. I think it's fairly obvious that the author was a bit in awe of his subject, like the way I felt after watching the movie. There's something about that lawless glamour that sedu [...]

    14. There was a movie based on this book, which was written about the life of a marijuana and cocaine smuggler. George Jung married into what was eventually known as the Medellìn Cartel, made hundreds of millions of dollars, and supposedly lost it all.The book provides a lot of interesting information and accounts of drug production, smuggling, and dealing since the 1960s. It occasionally attempts to romaticize the lifestyle of George Jung, but the realities of his life–addiction, a daughter he h [...]

    15. Just returned from an 8 day trip to Medellin with my church on a mission trip and am now fascinated having seen where the Medellin cocaine cartel originated to discover the back story. Only on Chapter 4 but a little slow. I know George Jung is the main character but it needs to pick up a little bit. Didn't really pick up but I was fascinated by the amount of money that was made on a daily basis. And well George let's be real. You put your money in a Panamanian bank expect they're going to steal [...]

    16. Wonderfully well written. Blow follows the exciting adventures of a young man, a child of the 60s, who becomes a drug dealer and all that follows. Follow him from California to the Mexican hinterland. From Cape Cod to the over the top ranchos of the Medelin Cartel. Broke one minute, swimming in millions the next. Meticulously researched, Bruce Porter has written us a case study of professional investigative journalism.Written in 2001. A bit dated? Perhaps!, but some things never change.

    17. Whoa. Haven't seen the movie, but this is an amazing (true) story about the American small-town boy who was involved in importing tons of cocaine from Columbia. Made a hundred million or so and ended up penniless. Lots of questions, like how can anyone develop a criminal mindset so strong that even with million of dollars stashed away, you keep on bringing the dope in? I thought the details of the actual smuggling were fascinating. i read this in two days. Not for the faint of heart.

    18. Well written. Intriguing look into the early days of the cocaine industry. The main character, though he has a charming appeal to so many of his contacts, demonstrates self-centeredness in the extreme. His selfishness has helped ruin scores of lives and relationships among cocaine users. The victims of the cocaine trade, including the poor farmers growing the stuff for the cartels, are of little consequence to him when eclipsed by his enormous greed and pursuit of the best deal.

    19. When I first started to read this book I thought that it was a little bit slow and I didn't know how I was going to like it; but as I started to get deeper and deeper into the main story line, it all of a sudden took off into a very fast paced drug dealing biography that toward the end I could not put down. I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the drug trafficking and the drug cartels from the Americas and through out the world.

    20. I enjoyed this book because it didn't try to glamorize drug smuggling. Certainly there were rewards associated, but the author was careful to make the reader aware of the complications and dangers involved. Far more believable than Catch Me If You Can. Speaking of which, those two books took place at the same time even mention the same hotel in Miami. I wonder if they ever crossed paths.

    21. Took me a year to read this, hence the two stars. There was always something better to pick up The movie is sexier, and very romanticized, of course - it's Hollywood. The movie was based on this book, which shows in detail the far less glamorous reality of the life of cocaine smuggler George Jung.

    22. This is a fast read that I enjoyed immensely. The author did a great job of giving us the facts in a way that didn't slow the story down at all. Also, it's incredible how he managed to paint a picture of George Jung through his eyes and those of people who knew him. I hate to admit it, but I think I kind of like the guy.

    23. A true story of an American drug lord. Very enlightening and frightening, but so suspensful. You were glued to the page through the whole book. Whether its the fact that its all real, meaning the money, the drugs, it was not only a good plot but very well written. It portrays George as not only a good main character,eventful one. Its full of twists an turns.

    24. I love biographies, but this one is so boring that it's barely even worth it. I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but it didn't. The only reason it even deserves one star is because there are a few photographs. Awful.99% of the time, I would NEVER recommend a movie over a book, but this is one of those extremely rare times.

    25. I think this was a really fun and entertaining book to read. It was like watching the movie again for me in my head. it was especially fun for me to read during class (yesterday). I think this is a great book to read for home work or class. But other then that I would not be reading this book. By the way it is really sad at the end so prepare your self.

    26. I was a bit shocked that I liked this book. I don't generally like "true crime" type books, but Porter managed to put the perfect amount of fluff writing to make it a really interesting read. I am a bit curious if any of the fluffy bits of writing were fabricated to make the story more interesting. Either way, I enjoyed reading it.

    27. An awesome book. There was a lot of action and a lot of suspense. You get to learn a lot about political corruption through the United States and Mexico. A fun read that is hard to put down after the first 20 or so pages.

    28. I read this book every 9-12 months or so. I loved the movie Blow and this book goes into so much more detail about George's life it's just crazy. I actually started writing to George Jung a few years back, he is very interesting and extremely polite.

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