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Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    Excellent Throughout

    This was an excellent read... Being from NYC it was amazing to see how one man basically ran Harlem and the drug game... Even more amazing was the efforts made by the government to bring him to justice... Great read...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Very Promising read.

    Growing up in Harlem Nicki Barnes had many stories about himself that I heard through the yrs! This book really set the record straight and answers alot of question related to Barnes himself. You always hear the other side of the story but in this book Nikki gives you his side. Very promising read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007


    Poignant and raw depiction of the psychological pathos and pain that grip a man of tragically misguided principles. It is haunting to discover how a man who could have competently run a Fortune 500 company'I know people always say that about any criminal smart enough to wipe his own arse' devoted his talent to the destruction of a multitude of lives. Barnes cynically and sincerely recounts his life in vivid detail and is unapologetically accountable for his missteps. A refreshing break from the repetitive, self-absolving 'woe is me', 'product of my environment' gangster fare. I would love to see the accounts of other Council members just to provide more balance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Not a Must Read, but a Must Learn

    This book is more than a easy understandable read. If you take in what he is talking about you'll learn so much more than that. This book is not so much about drug dealing as Greed, 'Two wrongs don't make a right', Children are our future, Spare the rod spoil the child & Good vs. Evil. You learn how a young boy growing up did not have guidance from family. He then learned from reformatory. He gets into drugs as a user/dealer. Then he believes that the Italian Mafia shouldn't be the ones putting dope in Harlem, it should be blacks. You see, there are differences that he points out in the value systems of all of us. He acknowloges the fact that heroin was bad enough for him not to use, but he saturated Harlem with it. Most importantly he gets into the inner politics of Drug Dealers. He had a novel idea to form his version of the drug mafia. The only problem is that greed runs amuck. Where he alleges he wanted to go legit, he still stays in the dope game. When the police are clamping down, it is his cohorts who start to cya, leaving him out to dry. Instead of doing what they agreed to do, they didn't. Now as for the snitching (as it is called), he did the right thing. Its not that he dimed out his buddies. When they stopped looking out for him they were not friends, buddies, his boys etc. We see this all to often today. When everything is said and done, what goes around comes around. Parents should read this & then give to their teen children. Opening eyes to current Rappers, Athletes, singers makes this all to real. We 'Reward' dealers who 'Go legit'. They don't necessarily go legit, they create fronts. Rap music has become the largest front of all. Even Mike Vick couldn't leave the gambling from dog fighting behind, and we all know that no one he bet against made as much as he did! Everyone starts off saying once I make enough, I'll get out. They never make enough, because they are more interested in greed, which leads to jail & death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007


    I was dreadfully excited to read this book when I saw it on a shelve at the store. But, after reading the first few chapters i was a bit disappointed with the editing. It should have been proof-read a bit more carefully. At points, the author jumps around, leaving the reader confused. Its a good read but the book should have been compiled with more thought.

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    Posted March 25, 2009

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