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The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Columbia's Very Own Robin Hood

    This book was a quick read because it was very interesting. Although it's hard to feel any sort of sympathy for drug traffickers, this real-life story about Pablo Escobar makes him seem like a modern day Robin-Hood to his people. Each story has two sides and this one definitely takes you to that other side, to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a different person.

    I liked the way this book was able to take you into the busy city streets of Columbia as well as to the hidden jungles where many laboratories were built to make cocaine; it made me feel like I was actually there. What really stood out above everything else were the translations from Spanish to English; they were right on target and I've never seen a better job done when it comes to translating. I'm not sure if there is a movie planned for this book but it sure would be a great idea!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    About As Enlightening As It Gets!

    To be honest with you, i went into reading this book knowing absolutely nothing about Pablo Escobar except for the fact that he had a very small role in the movie Blow starring Johnny Depp. Thats what got my attention. It turns out this book was extremely informational probably due to the fact it was written by his brother who was there the entire time. Anything you want to know about Pablo, its in there. I do NOT think they spent too much time trying to persuade you how good of a guy he was, that was just Roberto telling what he thought of his brother. The thing they may have talked about too much was the politics involved in everything, they went into great detail at times that might bore some people. All together though it was a fascinating book that i reccomend to anyone seeking knowledge about the life of the greatest drug lord the world has ever seen. Exciting, enlightening, and it kept me curious for more the entire time.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    I enjoyed the read, but....

    Rather than simply tell the story, the author spends way too much time trying to explain that despite his sins, what a kind, good and decent person Pablo Escobar was. I really grew weary of this constant effort to paint Pablo in a kinder, gentler light. The ability of the author to "excuse" his and Pablo's crimes was astounding. The murders, bombings, and lives ruined by their cocaine trade seem to be excusable, it was just business. Yes, he and Pablo's organization did some bad things, but others including the police, army and Cali Cartel were just as bad.....Give me a break.

    The book would have been much more enjoyable had the author stuck to the story and spent less time trying to "correct history" as he saw it.

    There are always two sides to any story, and I'm sure that to some, Pablo was a hero and a benefactor to many of Columbia's poor. But there seems to be an almost total lack of acknowledgment when it comes to their crimes and the monstrous crime machine they created.

    I'm glad I purchased the book, but I almost feel "dirty" knowing that my dollars spent are going to this criminal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

    A stunning, eye-opening inside look at history's most successful criminal

    Do you have any idea how much space a billion dollars in hundred dollar bills takes up? when your cocaine importing business brings in that much cash every week, what do you do with it all? Roberto Escobar is the brother of the infamous Pablo Escobar, who made more money from crime than any person in history - and he was also his brother's financial wizard. A wonderfully written book, thanks in large measure to co-author David Fisher, and fascinating from start to finish.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Though I don't believe his recall of what happened fully I enjoy

    Though I don't believe his recall of what happened fully I enjoyed the book, his version and his truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Good read

    I really like this book is mostly his brother saying that the government of columbia is corrupt and alot of the thinhs said about pablo are not true ...i really like it it has a lot of details on all the events through out their life

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Humanizing Pablo

    Pablo Escobar's brother tells a very personal story about his knowledge and experience with the Medellin drug cartel. Some people might not be able to relate because their relationship (Roberto - the author - and his younger brother - Pablo) was so unique of mainly Catholic countries, specially in the developing (and third world) countries - the close family relationships specially between brothers and that deep bond between friends. Sad to say, no matter how bad or evil your perception of Pablo Escobar, it just proved that he was still just another human being and he had his own life story, just like yours, ready to be heard and learned. For those who love mafia stories, this is a must-read.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was really enlightening. It was an easy read.

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